Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2018

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Research, Teaching
Monday 25th (00:00) - Friday 29th June 2018 (23:59)
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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.

 Following the success of the two previous Corpus Linguistics Summer Schools in 2016 and 2017, we are pleased to announce the third edition of this event, to take place in Birmingham from 25 to 29 June 2018.

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

Invited speakers:

  • Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel), "Introduction to Logistic Regression"
  • Michael Barlow (University of Auckland / CU Boulder)
  • Stefan Evert (University of Erlangen) will be giving the Sinclair Lecture 2018, "The Hermeneutic Cyborg", and will also teach on the summer school.

They will be joined by a team of our local experts, including Anna Cermakova, Matteo Fuoli, Jack Grieve, Nick Groom, Susan Hunston, Michaela Mahlberg, Amanda Patten, Florent Perek, and Paul Thompson.

The sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Standard corpus tools and specialized software
  • Concordancing and collocations
  • Pattern Grammar
  • Statistics in corpus linguistics (e.g., logistic regression)
  • Exploratory data analysis (e.g., cluster analysis)
  • Annotation of corpus data (manual and automatic)
  • Applied corpus linguistics

The complete programme can be downloaded here.

Registration, fees and accommodation

Information about accommodation can be found on this page.

The fee (£150 for students, £190 for non-students) covers attendance to all sessions of the summer school, lunches and refreshments for all five days, and a festive BBQ on Thursday.

We are now at full capacity; registration for the summer school is closed.

You can sign up to the waiting list and we will contact you if there are any cancellations.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis, upon payment of the registration fee through the online shop. Note that the student rate will only be available to a limited number of applicants. Evidence of student status may be requested.