Birmingham Statistics for Linguists Summer School 2022

Alan Walters Building
Monday 11 July (09:00) - Friday 15 July 2022 (17:00)

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

The University of Birmingham is organising its third “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 

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

Additional optional sessions will be offered by local and visiting staff of quantitative linguists. The full list of academics will be communicated in due course. 

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


Registration is now closed for the summer school as we have reached capacity. We will be setting up a waiting list option for you to add your details to in the near future and will notify you on this webpage once that is available.


Important covid notification: The safety and wellbeing of our delegates is very important to us. To ensure an environment in which everybody feels safe and comfortable, we will have a policy where everybody in the teaching room is strongly encouraged to wear masks, and all teachers will be wearing masks themselves. All teaching rooms are ventilated and have windows that can be opened. Please contact us if you have questions about covid-related matters.

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.

Directions to Birmingham and our Edgbaston campus are available on the Getting here page.  

Food and drink

The Statistics for Linguists Summer School registration fee includes refreshments, lunch, and 1 evening meal. All other costs are expected to be carried by the participant. For more information on food and drink options on and off campus visit our Food and Drink page.