The Centre for Corpus Research organises research events such as conferences and seminars, and it also runs workshops and training events.

Conferences and seminars

The most recent major event that the Centre ran was Corpus Linguistics 2011, which was held at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham, 20-22 July 2011. This was attended by over 250 corpus linguists from around the world, and the conference proceedings are now available online.

Workshops and Schools

Upcoming event

Sinclair Lecture and Seminar 2015

To celebrate fifty years of research in English Language at the University of Birmingham, we are combining the annual Sinclair lecture with a one-day seminar devoted to corpus linguistics and its current and future applications.

The event, which will take place at the University of Birmingham, has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 2nd September 2015, one day before the annual BAAL conference, which is going to be held at Aston University (3rd-5th September 2015).

For more information, visit the Sinclair Lecure and Workshop page.

Past events

Python for Corpus Linguistics workshops, 24-25 June 2013:

The Centre will host two workshops on programming in Python for Corpus Linguistics. The workshops will be led by Matthew Brook O'Donnell and Catherine Smith. The workshops are for local researchers and doctoral students. They will take place in the Centre computer room, room 228 of the Arts Building.

1) Monday June 24, 2013, 10am-5pm Understanding and using XML in corpus linguistics 2) Tuesday June 25, 2013, 10am-5pm Processing XML in Python for corpus linguistics

Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics, 2-13 July 2012:

The Centre contributed to the Birmingham/Melbourne Summer School in Applied Linguistics, 2-13 July 2012, which featured courses in Language Testing, Multilingualism, Corpus Linguistics and Academic Writing. For further details, visit the Summer School web page.

Corpus Linguistics in the Midlands: Issues in Corpus Development and Analysis, May 8-9, 2012

This was a two-day event for postgraduate students who have an interest in Corpus Linguistics and are based in the Midlands. This event is intended to give participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss current issues in Corpus Linguistics and to network with other postgraduates.

Invited speakers were from the University of Birmingham, Coventry University and Aston University.

Corpus Linguistics in the Midlands website:


During the Spring Term 2015, the Centre will provide in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Research in English, training workshops for PhD students and CARE visitors:

  • AntConc
  • Sketch Engine
  • Bank of English
  • WMatrix
  • BNCweb

Further training sessions will be given in the summer.