• Fri
    ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University

    Communication about health and illness is both an opportunity and a challenge: successful communication can positively contribute to diagnosis, treatment and wellbeing; unsuccessful communication can hinder diagnosis and treatment, and cause or increase distress and anxiety.

    It is therefore no surprise that communication skills are increasingly part of medical training, and that there has recently been a surge of interest in the study of language and interaction in healthcare settings, for example in the areas of ‘medical humanities’, ‘health humanities’ and ‘narrative medicine’. Patients and carers also increasingly use online resources and online fora to obtain information and to interact with people who share similar experiences. This has considerably increased the amount of data available for analysis.

    The use of corpus-based methods in studying different aspects of health communication has also developed in recent years. The application of these methods has the potential to increase understanding of the experiences of patients, carers and health professionals, and to help tackle some of the communicative issues faced by members of all three groups.
    This free workshop provides an overview of the state of the art in corpus approaches to health communication. The four morning lectures will introduce four different corpusbased projects in different areas of health communication. The three afternoon workshops will provide the opportunity to practise the use of different corpus tools for the analysis of participants’ own data, or of data provided by the organisers.

    We welcome participants from all academic and practice backgrounds. Familiarity with corpus linguistic methods is not a requirement.

    Places are limited, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register online by clicking here:

  • Sat
    Cardiff University

    CLS10 will be hosted by the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) at Cardiff University, Wales on Saturday 28th November 2015. CLCR works at the interface of theoretical and applied research in the domains of identity and culture, linguistic knowledge, and professional and public discourse.

    The aim of CLS10 is to draw our attention to the ways in which corpus-based methods can be utilised to examine features of public and professional discourse. It also focuses on the application of such research to real life situations and problems. We welcome proposals for papers covering topics such as:

    • Healthcare communication; doctor-patient interaction; health questionnaires and surveys;
    • Language and the law; courtroom discourse; analysis of trials and judgements;
    • Academic discourse; language of the classroom; teacher-student exchanges;
    • Language in the media; newsworthiness; news production and reception;
    • Corporate communication; corporate reports; financial disclosures; discourses of corporate risk, security, and apologies;
    • Ethical considerations in analysis of professional and public discourse;
    • Exploration of the erosion of public/private distinctions in modern discourse;

    Presentations on methodological aspects of collecting, cleaning, and making use of corpora of professional and public discourse will also be considered.

    Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 10th August 2015

    Abstract requirements:

    Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions. Please format your abstract in the following way:

    • Abstracts must be written in Times New Roman 12 (do not use all caps, no bold print)
    • Text should be 300 words maximum (including references, if any)
    • Abstracts should be submitted via email to Dawn Knight:


    In keeping with all Corpus Linguistics in the South events, this is a FREE event. A light buffet lunch will be provided, but participants must pay for their own travel costs. There is a very limited number of places for participants and attendance at the event will operate on a first-come first-served basis. After the deadline for abstracts has closed and papers accepted, information regarding the registration process for speakers and participants will be circulated.

    Further information about CLCR is available here