Corpus Linguistics in the South
We are part of the 'Corpus Linguistics in the South' network. The idea for a series of 'Corpus Linguistics in the South' events came out of the Birmingham 2011 conference where a group of us were reflecting on how the majority of events tend to happen in the north or the Midlands. So, this represents an attempt to redress the balance a little; to facilitate networking amongst corpus linguists in the south and to tempt other corpus linguists south for a change! The meetings have been very successful and have even lead to spin-offs in the UK and further afield, such as Corpus Linguistics in the Midlands, Corpus Linguistics in the very very South (in South Africa) and Corpus Linguistics in the… East (University of East Finland).
In addition to the main events we also post information about free lectures on corpus linguistics in the area, for instance in early 2013 Alison Sealey and Paul Baker visited the University of Portsmouth.
The events are intended to be as open and inclusive as possible and to reflect this we have so far managed to maintain a no-fees policy on the meetings. For more information, see our Facebook page (you do not need to be registered with Facebook to see this page) www.facebook.com/CorpusLinguisticsInTheSouth.
Corpus Linguistics in the South 6: Corpus-assisted discourse analysis across languages
University of Portsmouth, Saturday 9 November 2013
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who are working on (critical) discourse analysis of texts in more than one language. It is an opportunity to discuss the particular challenges posed by cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse analysis and to share ways of addressing these issues.
We invite papers which:
- address specific (theoretical) methodological issues in the area, such as how to operationalise keyness in corpora of different languages, the identification of equivalence and so on
- present case-studies of cross-linguistic (critical) discourse analysis research – this could also include work with a cross-cultural focus
- present case-studies of corpus approaches to research on multilingual texts
- combine any of the above
We are particularly interested in papers which address the ideological, representational and evaluative aspects of discourse because this area seems to have received rather less attention to date.
In the ‘Corpus Linguistics in the South’ tradition, papers will be 45 minutes and lead into open discussion. We also a plan a pecha-kucha style session to allow more participants to introduce their work in this area and, as usual, there will be time over lunch for general discussion of the topic. We hope that the event will be an opportunity to create a community for researchers in this area, perhaps working towards a panel and/or special edition.
If you would like to present your research, or simply reserve a place, please contact Charlotte Taylor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Rachelle Vessey ( email@example.com). For local information please contact John Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As always, the event will be free and open to all but with a limited number of places.
Corpus Linguistics in the South 5: Variation
University of Sussex, 16 Mar 2013
- Statistics for variationists
Sean Wallis (UCL)
- Exploring variation over time and text type
Jill Bowie and Bas Aarts (UCL)
- ‘But you cannot quantify meaning’: Corpus linguistics meets sociolinguistics.
Justyna Robinson (Sussex)
- Corpus-based dialectometry — why and how
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (Manchester)
- Discourse-pragmatic variation, register, and stuff: the case of general extenders
Federica Barbieri (Swansea)
- Doing similar things differently? Variationist sociolinguistics and corpus linguistics methodologies compared
Mercedes Durham (Cardiff)
Corpus Linguistics in the South 4: Hands-on workshops
University of Portsmouth, 10 Nov 2012
- Sketch Engine: Advanced Workshop
An opportunity for people with some experience of Sketch Engine to see and try out some more advanced features, and also to ask any questions, particular of the 'How do I do X?' variety. To find out more about Sketch Engine please visit http://www.sketchengine.co.uk/
- Introduction to EXMARaLDA
The workshop introduced EXMARaLDA ("Extensible Markup Language for Discourse Annotation"), a system of concepts, data formats, and tools for the computer assisted transcription and annotation of spoken language, and for the construction and analysis of spoken language corpora. To find out more about EXMARaLDA please visit http://www.exmaralda.org/index.html
- Introduction to CHILDES
The overall purpose of the session is to provide practical, hands-on experience of the CHILDES database and its tools for researchers working in any field of language acquisition. To find out more about Childes please visit http://childes.psy.cmu.edu/
- Introduction to Unix for Corpus Users
This workshop is intended for corpus users with little or no knowledge of the Unix command line who would like to extend their repertoire of searching, sorting, and synthesizing techniques beyond those that are available through the standard corpus-query software packages (SketchEngine, AntConc, Wordsmith, etc). Download Unix for corpus users: a beginner's guide
Teaching and Learning with Corpora
Using Corpus Linguistics to facilitate and understand the education process
Oxford Brookes University, 23 Jun 2012
- The Summary element in Engineering lectures: an analysis of one category of pragmatic mark-up
Sian Alsop & Hilary Nesi (University of Coventry)
- The collocational competence of Arab EFL learners: a corpus-based study
Maha Alharthi & Nicholas Groom (University of Birmingham)
- Evaluative language and evaluative coherence
Keith Stuart (Polytechnic University of Valencia)
- A subfield of English for Submariners
Yolanda Noguera Díaz (Universidad de Murcia)
- Learners, learner language and language learning: rethinking some basic constructs in learner corpus research
Chau Meng Huat (University of Malaya)
- Corpora in the Classroom: practical and technical issues
Martin Wynne (Oxford e-Research Centre)
Corpus Linguistics Applied
Corpora, Discourse and Contemporary Social Issues.
Queen Mary, University of London, 11 Feb 2012
Following on the first successful Corpus Linguistics in the South event at the University of Portsmouth, the second Corpus Linguistics in the South workshop took place at Queen Mary, University of London on February 11, 2012. The main theme for this event was the application of corpora to studies in areas such as gender, tourism & sustainability, military conflict and climate change. There were also papers focusing on the application of corpora to EAP writing in specific disciplines and to translation work.
- From text to corpus: working with student texts in the development of disciplinary specific writing development programmes
Christopher Tribble and Ursula Wingate (King's College, London)
- Hotting up or cooling down: the discourse of climate change
Ramesh Krishnamurthy (Aston University)
- Deleuze, ethics and corpora: deconstructing an argument in favour of genetically modified crops
Kieran O'Halloran (King's College, London)
- Work in Progress: Legal discourse(s) in translation: how can corpus linguistics do more for freelance non-literary translators?
Juliette Scott (University of Portsmouth)
- In search of the 'local' and 'authentic': corpus-based investigations of the current discourse of tourism
Sylvia Jaworska (Queen Mary, University of London)
Theoretical-methodological challenges in corpus approaches to discourse studies
And some ways of addressing them.
University of Portsmouth, 5 Nov 2011
The first Corpus Linguistics in the South event was held at the University of Portsmouth on 5 November 2011. The main theme of the event was discussion of the current challenges that we face in combining corpus linguistics and discourse studies, with papers moving from general to more specific issues. The talks were followed by a round table discussion of the central theme.
- Evaluating corpora
Adam Kilgarriff (Lexical Computing Ltd., Brighton)
- Searching for similarity
Charlotte Taylor (University of Portsmouth)
- Keyness: matching metrics to definitions
Costas Gabrielatos & Anna Marchi (Lancaster University)
- Ideology and corpora in two languages: Establishing salience and significance
Rachelle Freake (Queen Mary, University of London)
- Quantifying Lexical Usage and Subjectivity in the CLAEVIPS Project
led by Diana McCarthy (Lexical Computing Ltd., Brighton)