The UCREL Corpus Research Seminar (CRS) is a forum for all staff, visiting academics, and postgraduate research students interested in corpus-based research in any area of linguistics and computer science. CRS is run by UCREL (University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language), a research centre between the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the School of Computing and Communications.

CRS meetings offer an opportunity to present work in progress and receive helpful feedback, discuss relevant research, approaches and methods, get experience in using corpus interfaces and tools, and stay up to date with corpus-based research at Lancaster University. We welcome anyone who is a newcomer to this exciting and growing area of research in computer science and linguistics. We welcome presentations from researchers of other departments and universities.

Over the last few years, we have started to live stream some of our talks in Twitter for external viewers outside Lancaster. During the lockdown and continuing social distancing restrictions, we have continued with the UCREL seminars online via Teams. External attendees are welcome to participate where speakers are willing to accommodate an external audience, please get in touch with one of the organisers in that case. There is a growing archive of UCREL talks that are viewable on our Twitter and YouTube channels.

On this site, along with general information, you will find a list of upcoming seminars and an archive of past seminars. If you have any suggestions of things to add to the site, then please get in touch.

In 2022/23 CRS meetings will be on Thursdays at 2pm during term time, unless otherwise indicated.

For those with a Lancaster email address, notifications of seminars are sent to the UCREL Mailing List (note you have to be on campus or Lancaster VPN to access this), sign up if you would like to receive them and other UCREL related messages.

If you don't have a Lancaster email address, we have a JISCmail announcements email list which you can join. Everyone can also follow us on Twitter, where we post updates on upcoming seminars which are available to watch outside Lancaster.

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If you need more information or want to give a presentation, please contact one of the CRS organisers:

  • Chloe Humphreys (they/them) (
  • Ignatius Ezeani (he/him) ( (SCC)

We acknowledge the following funding for external speakers: CASS and UCREL research centres, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Department of Linguistics and English Language and the School of Computing and Communications.

CASS UCREL Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Department of Linguistics and English language School of Computing and Communications

The UCREL Corpus Research Seminars this academic year (2022/23) will be on Thursdays 2pm-3pm during term time, unless otherwise indicated, please check our upcoming page for the time and location of any future presenations. If you would like to give a talk or have a suggestion for an external speaker to invite, then please get in touch.