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Postponed: Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2020

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Research, Teaching
Monday 22nd (00:00) - Friday 26th June 2020 (23:59)

Postponed - we have taken the decision to postpone our Corpus Linguistics Summer School . Further information will be announced here in the forthcoming weeks.

We thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter, and look forward to welcoming you to the Corpus Linguistics Summer School as and when it is rescheduled.

A talk at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School 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.


Registration will be open as soon as the revised dates for the summer school have been decided upon.



The complete programme of the summer school will be available nearer the time.

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
  • Digital humanities and the study of literature
  • Sign language corpora
  • Law and Corpus Linguistics

The programmes of previous years are available for your reference:

A talk at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019

15th Annual Sinclair Lecture

As every year, the annual Sinclair Lecture will take place during the Summer School. This year, the Lecture will be delivered by Dagmar Divjak (University of Birmingham) on Monday the 22nd June. You are welcome to attend the Sinclair Lecture, which is open to the public and is followed by a drinks reception.


Venue and travel

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 us at

Food and drink

The Corpus Linguistics Summer School registration fee includes refreshments, lunches, and a festive evening BBQ on Thursday evening, but no other evening meals.

BBQ at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019
BBQ at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019

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