Corpus Linguistics

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.

Forthcoming events

Corpus Linguistics in the South 7: Spoken Language

We are pleased to announce that the seventh edition of Corpus Linguistics in the South is taking place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at University College London.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers who are working on any aspect of spoken language using corpora. It is an opportunity to discuss issues relating to best practice, annotation, data analysis, and the interface with other branches of linguistics.

We invite papers which:

  • address specific methodological issues in the area, such as how to annotate or represent data
  • present case-studies of research in spoken language
  • discuss the interaction between corpus linguistics of spoken language and other disciplines.

In the ‘Corpus Linguistics in the South’ tradition, papers will be 45 minutes and lead into open discussion. There will also 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.

There will also be an invited talk by Dr Gunther Kaltenböck of the University of Vienna.

Acceptance of submitted abstracts will be notified by April 15th.

As always, the event will be free and open to all but with a limited number of places.

Past events

Corpus Linguistics in the South 6: Corpus-assisted discourse analysis across languages

University of Portsmouth, Saturday 9 November 2013 

The aim of this workshop was to bring together researchers who are working on (critical) discourse analysis of texts in more than one language. It was an opportunity to discuss the particular challenges posed by cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse analysis and to share ways of addressing these issues.

Corpus Linguistics in the South 5: Variation

University of Sussex, 16 Mar 2013 

Sessions included:

  • 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 

Sessions included:

  • 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 

Sessions included:

  • 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.

Sessions included:

  • 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.

Sessions included: