Corpus Linguistics Summer School

University of Birmingham
Monday 17 July (00:00) - Friday 21 July 2017 (23:59)

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.

The Corpus Linguistics Summer School took place on 17-21 July 2017. We are pleased to announce that the event will be repeated in 2018, from 25 to 29 June.

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.

The sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Standard corpus tools and specialized software
  • Collocations, patterns and networks
  • Statistics in corpus linguistics
  • Exploratory data analysis and data visualization
  • Annotation of corpus data (manual and automatic)
  • Social media and Big Data

The complete programme can be downloaded here. HarperCollins Publishers have kindly offered to fully sponsor the wine reception on Wednesday.

Invited speakers:

  • Natalia Levshina (University of Leipzig): “Semantics in the time of corpora: data exploration and visualization”
  • Mike Scott (Aston University): “Introduction to WordSmith Tools”

Local speakers:

Registration, fees and accommodation

  • £140 student rate
  • £180 non-student

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). The student rate will only be available until 20 June. Evidence of student status may be requested. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Registration is now closed as the event has been fully booked.

Different packages are offered, some including on-campus accommodation in en-suite bedrooms at The Vale, in the Chamberlain Halls of Residence. The rooms are priced at £42 per night, including breakfast, and can be booked either from Monday 17 to Friday 21 (5 nights), or Monday 17 to Thursday 20 (4 nights). There is a limited number of rooms which will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis; rooms can be booked until 2 June. If you have any questions about accommodation at The Vale, please use the contact form for venuebirmingham.

Information about alternative sources of accommodation can be found on the Corpus Linguistics Conference web page.