English Language Corpora Workshop with Cambridge University Press

Are you a researcher interested in finding out about the English language corpora at Cambridge University Press? The Press has a number of English language corpora that University of Cambridge researchers can access.

This workshop will give you an introduction to the corpora at the Press and give you some hands-on experience of working with the data. The main focus will be on the 30 million word English language learner corpus, which can provide unique insights into the nature of learner language. We’ll work through some activities using the corpus analysis software Sketch Engine. We will look at the way this research can be used to inform the design of language learning materials and language teaching.

This workshop will be suitable for people who are new to corpus research or who are particularly interested in its application to language teaching and learning materials.

Please bring your own laptop to participate in the activities!

When? 14.00 on 28 February 2019

Where? The Library (top floor), Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies

Places are free, but limited, so please register here by Monday 25 February:


Deadline approaching ICAME40 Université de Neuchâtel June 1–5, 2019

ICAME40 at the Université de Neuchâtel June 1–5, 2019


December 15 deadline

Language in Time, Time in Language

In addition to contributions to the main conference, we are also inviting submissions for four exciting pre-conference workshops, to be held on June 1 (see website for descriptions):

* Big data and the study of language and culture: Parliamentary discourse across time and space (Convenors: Jukka Tyrkkö, Minna Korhonen & Haidee Kruger)

* Languages in time, time in languages: Phraseological perspectives (Convenors: Anna Čermáková, Hilde Hasselgård, Thomas Egan & Sylvi Rørvik)

* Register approaches to language variation and change in English(es) (Convenors: Elena Seoane & Douglas Biber)

* Corpus approaches to social media (Convenors: Sofia Rüdiger & Daria Dayter)

For more information on the call for papers, workshops, submission, keynote speakers, and updated conference practicals, please visit www.icame40.ch.

Feel free to get in touch with us via email (icame40@unine.ch) or Twitter (@icame40, #icame40).

Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics

Through the Corpora List



Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics / Statistics for Corpus Linguistics


Lancaster University, UK – 14th to 17th July 2015


Since 2010, Lancaster University has run a highly successful series of free-to attend summer training events. In 2015, we will for the first time be running two corpus linguistics events in parallel:


  • The UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics
  • The UCREL/CASS Summer School in Statistics for Corpus Linguistics


Sponsored by UCREL at Lancaster University – one of the world’s leading and longest-established centres for corpus-based research – and by the ESRC-funded CASS project, these events’ aim is to support students of language and linguistics in the development of advanced skills in corpus methods.

Both are intended primarily for postgraduate research students (and secondarily for Masters-level students, postdoctoral researchers, and others); both assume at least a basic knowledge of corpus linguistics (but in the case of the Statistics Summer School, no knowledge of statistics is assumed).

The four-day programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented. Some sessions are shared across the two events. The instructors include, as well as speakers from Lancaster University, external guest speakers who are prominent specialists in their respective areas.

For a list of topics and speakers in the UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics, see http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/summerschool/corpusling.php


For a list of topics and speakers in the UCREL/CASS Summer School in Statistics for Corpus Linguistics, see http://ucrel.lancs.ac.uk/summerschool/stats.php

These events are part of a larger set of five co-located Lancaster Summer Schools in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods; the other events include training in corpus methods directed at non-linguists; see the website for further information:


Note that the summer schools run the week immediately before the Corpus Linguistics 2015 conference, for the benefit of anyone who might wish to attend both.


How to register

Our Summer Schools are free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

The deadline for registrations is Sunday 7th June 2015, but we cannot guarantee that places will still be available at that point!

The application forms are available on the event website here as is further information on the programme.

#corpusMOOC Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation starts Sept 29


This free MOOC Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities. It is an 8-week course and is run by Lancaster University.

More information here.



Researching Specialized Languages, Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 47

Researching Specialized Languages
Edited by Vijay Bhatia, Purificación Sánchez Hernández and Pascual Pérez-Paredes
City University of Hong Kong / University of Murcia
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 47]

The present collection of articles represents research efforts in the field of specialised languages, including the analysis of research articles in disciplines as diverse as Biomedicine and Computing, on the one hand, and overlapping disciplines such as in Social Sciences, on the other, all with high relevance to English for Academic Purposes, and English for specific Purposes. The volume offers empirical evidence obtained from corpus-based analyses of language, both from diachronic as well as synchronic perspectives, on topics such as the role of mother tongue in professional writing, the analysis of conference abstracts as a genre, or the analysis of visual data transfer. This collection addresses issues such as the implementation of lexicons for specialised language learning, and the development of ontologies to research language patterns. The volume thus provides a rich repertoire of research methodologies, in-depth analyses of specialised discourses, and the identification and discussion of relevant pedagogic issues.