Corpus Linguistics Summer School

Arts and Law, Research, Teaching
Monday 17th (00:00) - Friday 21st July 2017 (23:59)
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Dr Florent Perek:

The summer school is open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, as well as researchers who want to improve their skills to apply corpus methods in their own research.

In conjunction with the Corpus Linguistics Conference, the Centre for Corpus Research is organizing a Corpus Linguistics Summer School on 17-21 July 2017. Our Corpus Linguistics Summer School aims to equip participants with critical expertise in both theory and practice of corpus-based linguistic research. Over the course of five days, participants will be actively involved in two kinds of sessions. First, hands-on sessions will put the emphasis on the learning of practical skills for the purpose of extracting, annotating, and analysing corpus data of various kinds, and the application of this knowledge to specific research projects. Second, participants will also learn about current corpus-based research from our local staff of corpus linguists.

Building on the strengths of our local Centre for Corpus Research (CCR) and invited speakers, we strive to offer participants a learning experience that is both beneficial for their own specific research needs and enriching to them as language researchers at large. There will also be the opportunity for participants to present their own work and receive feedback from our expert team. Given the specialised nature of the programme, a basic understanding of corpus linguistics is highly recommended.

For more information and initial enquiries, contact the summer school convenor Dr Florent Perek at

Here is a provisional and non-exhaustive list of topics that the sessions will cover:

  • Standard corpus tools and specialized software (WordSmith)
  • Collocations, patterns and networks
  • Statistics in corpus linguistics
  • Annotation of corpus data (manual and automatic)
  • Exploratory data analysis and Big Data
  • Parallel corpora
  • Corpus-based stylistics and forensic linguistics

A detailed programme will be published closer to the time.

Invited speakers:

  • Natalia Levshina (University of Leipzig)
  • Mike Scott (Aston University)

CCR speakers (preliminary list):

Registration, fees and accommodation

  • £140 student rate
  • £180 non-student

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Registration will open as soon as possible and will be available through the university’s online shop.

The fee covers attendance to all sessions of the summer school, lunches and refreshments for all five days, and three dinners (including a BBQ on Thursday). Note that the student rate will only be available for a limited time.

We have reserved thirty rooms in affordable on-campus accommodation (at The Vale) for participants to the summer school; these will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will also post information about hotels on this page in due course.