Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Research, Teaching
Monday 24th (00:00) - Friday 28th June 2019 (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.

The fourth Corpus Linguistics Summer School will take place at the University of Birmingham from 24 to 28 June 2019.

Our summer school aims to equip participants with critical expertise in both theory and practice of corpus-based linguistic research. 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.


To register, delegates will need to pay the registration fee on the university's website, using the link below.

Register for the Summer School

Registration fee:

  • £150 for students. Evidence of student status may be requested.
  • £190 for non-students.

The fee covers attendance at all sessions of the summer school, lunches, refreshments and social events for all five days.


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.

The programme will cover the following topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Corpus tools and specialized software
  • Annotation and processing of corpus data
  • Statistics in corpus linguistics
  • Data exploration
  • Social media and Big Data
  • Pattern Grammar and applied corpus linguistics


  • Paul Baker (Lancaster University) will give the annual Sinclair Lecture that will take place during the summer school.
  • Guillaume Desagulier (Université Paris 8)

They will be joined by our local team of corpus linguists, including Anna Cermakova, Matteo Fuoli, Jason Grafmiller, Jack Grieve, Susan Hunston, Michaela Mahlberg, Amanda Patten, Florent Perek, Paul Thompson, Viola Wiegand, Bodo Winter, and others yet to be confirmed.

More information on the programme will be posted on this page closer to the event.


We have secured rooms for our delegates at Lucas House Hotel on campus. These rooms can be booked separately after registration, following the instructions provided in the confirmation email (including a booking code). Note that there are only a limited number of available rooms, hence delegates are advised to book early.

 The Edgbaston Park Hotel is another hotel located directly on campus.

There are many other off-campus accommodation venues that would be suitable, especially in the city centre. You can easily commute to the university from the centre, by train (from New Street station), by bus, or by taxi/Uber.

You can find the best accommodation for your needs using online booking websites such as Airbnb, and Enter the destination as ‘B15 2TT’ to find accommodation close to the campus. Early booking is recommended. Below is a selection of some hotels in Birmingham.

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