Birmingham Statistics for Linguists Summer School 2019

University of Birmingham
Monday 17 June (09:00) - Friday 21 June 2019 (17:00)

For more information and initial enquiries, contact the summer school convenor Dr Bodo Winter.


The University of Birmingham is organising its second “Statistics for Linguists” Summer School.

Over the course of five days, participants will learn how to process and analyse data using the R programming language. We will provide a comprehensive overview of current statistical methods that are commonly used in linguistics and related fields, with a focus on regression modelling and its extensions (generalized linear models, linear mixed effects models etc.). The ultimate goal is for participants to become competent users of these techniques and gain a better understanding of their own data.

The main sessions will cover topics such as:

  • Introduction to the R programming language
  • Data wrangling
  • Reproducible research practices
  • Data visualisation
  • Linear models
  • Poisson and logistic regression
  • Linear mixed effects models
  • Bayesian modelling
  • Simulating data for power and Type I error simulations 

Additional optional sessions (electives) will cover topics such as:

  • Generalised additive models
  • Resampling techniques (bootstrapping, permutation tests)
  • Classification and regression trees and random forests
  • Confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis
  • Path analysis and structural equation models
  • Multiple correspondence analysis
  • Cluster analysis
  • Corpus statistics

The summer school will be convened by Bodo Winter (University of Birmingham), Timo Roettger (Northwestern University) and Márton Sóskuthy (University of British Columbia).

Additional optional sessions will be offered by our local staff of quantitative linguists, including Isobelle Clarke, Dagmar Divjak, Matteo Fuoli, Jason Grafmiller, Jack Grieve, Michaela MahlbergPetar Milin and Viola Wiegand.

The workshop will combine theory sessions with hands-on analysis examples. There will be opportunities for students to present their own work and receive feedback from our expert team. We have planned social activities to also make this an opportunity for networking for all participants.

The summer school is open to undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral students, as well as researchers who want to improve their skills in applying statistical methods in their own research. No statistical, mathematical or programming background is required.

For more information and initial enquiries, contact the summer school convenor Dr Bodo Winter at


Unfortunately, we are already full and registration is not possible at this stage anymore. However, you can sign up to the waiting list by emailing us on The summer school is likely going to run next year, and people on the waiting list will be contacted for early access to registration.


If you would like to book accommodation at our Edgbaston Park Hotel you must either send an email to Lucy Woods or Matthew Arnott at  or telephone Lucy at +44(121) 414 9780 or Matthew at +44(121) 414 9779. In either case please quote the booking reference code of: STATISTICS19

This will enable you to book the reserved rooms at the £95 B&B rate. Please note that any bedrooms not reserved by 20/05/2019 will be released back on the system for general resale to the public. Guests will not be able to book using the code after this date but may be able to book at the standard rate if there is availability.

On-campus accommodation is also available at Lucas House located in the University’s Conference Park. There are a limited number of rooms available for purchase, which are offered on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to book a room, please visit

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The venue for summer school sessions will be confirmed closer to the event. We will indicate location once known on the University of Birmingham campus map.

If you have any specific accessibility requirements or any further queries, please contact the Events Coordinator, Elisa Tuijnder on

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The Statistics for Linguists Summer School registration fee includes refreshments and lunch, but does not include breakfast or evening meals.

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