Corpus linguistics in the South 11, U. Sussex



Freeman Centre, University of Sussex, 27 February 2016

Some of the presentations


Lee Oakley, University of Birmingham
Some challenges when analysing a Census Corpus

The SexEd Corpus: a census corpus 1950-2014
93,202 words
11-16 year olds
Teenage readership
How are different sexualities presented to British teenagers?

Methodological approach to more qualitative analyses
All analysis is comparison


Jill Bowie &  Sean Wallis, UCL

Investigating changes in structures and collocations, from a treebank to a megacorpus

Corpus: COHA (Davies 2012)

The to-infinitival perfect

80% decrease in use since 1820

402 verb lemmas in order of frequency

Top 30 collocates account for 95% of tokens (top 95% percintile)

Seem, Appear, Say, Ought, Be, Report, Claim

Seeming group

Cognition group

Cognition and saying group

Modality group

Grammatical change tends to be lexically constrained

Benefits of using dual corpora (ICE-GB + COHA)

We need open data to do more with the corpus data


Taming the beast: getting to grips with a mega corpus.

Chris Turner, Coventry

Oxford corpus of English

some / any

Corpus of law reports


Frequency and grammaticalization in a spoken corpus of Cameroon Pdgin English

Gabriel Ozon, Sheffield

estimated 50% of the population use it

West of Cameroon

Stigmatised status

Pilot study: 30 hours recordings, British Academy


How to use a nanocorpus. Enriching corpora of interpreting.
Camille Ciollard & Bart Defrancq
Female interpreters hedge more than male speakers
Use of the marker well


Capturing the zoo: a system for downloading, preparing and managing corpus data from online forums.
Clausia Viggiana & John Williams

Open source tools 
Citizen science 
To capture and interrogate linguistic data form online CS forums: zooniverse


How small corpora paradoxically uncovered the nexr quark in corpus studies.
Bill Louw, Coventry & Zimbabwe

Theory of scientific method, William Whewell, Trinity College, Colligation.
Text reads text