Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2020

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Research, Teaching
Monday 22nd (00:00) - Friday 26th June 2020 (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 fifth Corpus Linguistics Summer School will take place at the University of Birmingham from 22 to 26 June 2020.

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 is now open via our online shop

  • Non-student registration is £210
  • Student registration is £165 (evidence of student status may be requested)

As part of the application process we will ask you to formally register for our taught programme. Delegates may require a short term study visa in order to participate. We will clarify and confirm this with all delegates who register with us.


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

The programmes of previous years are available for your reference:


They will be joined by our local team of corpus linguists, including:

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.


We have secured a limited number of 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 will find a list of alternative accommodation venues on this page.

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. General travel information can be found on this page.

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.

This page contains a list of local restaurants.