About us 

The Centre for Corpus Research supports the use of corpus analysis in research, teaching and learning. CCR provides access to a range of corpora and has a dedicated computer suite with specialist resources as well as an eye-tracking laboratory.

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The Centre for Corpus Research supports the use of corpus analysis in research, teaching and learning. CCR highlights the strong cross-disciplinary reach of corpus linguistics at Birmingham with particular focus on the links between psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, literary stylistics and statistics. CCR provides access to a range of corpora and has a dedicated computer suite with specialist resources as well as an eye-tracking laboratory. CCR is home to the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, it is a CLARIN-UK centre and it will be hosting the 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference (24-28 July 2017).

The University of Birmingham has an established tradition in corpus linguistics, with the development of major corpora since the 1970s, including the 17 million word Birmingham Collection of English Text, developed in the 1980s, and the Bank of English, in the 1990s. Under the direction of John Sinclair, Birmingham hosted the Cobuild project, and developed corpus lexicography in the 1980s. More recently, CCR has contributed to shaping new developments in Digital Humanities and is developing the web app CLiC for the corpus linguistic study of literary texts.

For further information, contact the Director of the Centre, Michaela Mahlberg (m.a.mahlberg@bham.ac.uk).