Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2023

Monday 11 September (09:00) - Thursday 14 September 2023 (17:00)

The Corpus Linguistics 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 7th Corpus Linguistics Summer School will be online and consist of synchronous and asynchronous elements. The synchronous part will take place from 11 to 14 September, 2023. Prior to the synchronous part, participants will be expected to complete asynchronous activities consisting of self-study video lectures and hands-on materials.

Our summer school aims to equip participants with critical expertise in both the theory and practice of corpus-supported linguistic research. Building on the strengths of our Centre for Corpus Research (CCR) and our guest speakers, we strive to offer participants a learning experience that benefits their own specific research needs and enriches their experience as researchers more widely. There will 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 closed.


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

Over the course of four 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 and analysing corpus data of various kinds, and the application of this knowledge to specific research projects. Second, participants will learn about current corpus research from our team.

Synchronous sessions will be recorded and made available to the participants after each session.

Topics typically covered in the programme include (non-exhaustive list and subject to change):

  • Corpus linguistics for media analysis
  • Analysis of spoken corpora
  • CQPweb
  • Introduction to R and tidyverse
  • Web scraping with R
  • Digital humanities and the study of fiction
  • Sign language corpora
  • Regular expressions
  • Corpora and legal research
  • Critical issues in keyness analysis
  • Behavioral Profiles
  • Machine learning in corpus linguistics
  • Corpus-based discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistics and language learning

The programmes of previous years are available for your reference:

Sinclair Lecture

As every year, the annual Sinclair Lecture will take place during the Summer School. This year, the Lecture will be delivered on Monday 11 September by our very own Professor Susan Hunston on 'From Pattern to System: an exploration in lexical grammar'. You can find further details on the lecture and how to register on our webpage.

Guest Speakers at the summer school include:

Our local team of corpus linguists includes Dagmar Divjak, Natalie Finlayson, Jason Grafmiller, Jack Grieve, Michaela Mahlberg, Karen McAuliffe,  Petar Milin, Akira MurakamiFlorent Perek, Laurence Romain, Adam Schembri, Paul Thompson, and Bodo Winter.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Summer School.

Please do check this webpage for updates.


A talk at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019