Upcoming | 2014 | 2013

  • Fri

    Using Corpus Methods to Analyse Metaphor in Discourse

    Lancaster University, UK

    The Metaphor in End of Life Care ('MELC') Project at Lancaster University is using a corpus-based approach to investigate the role of metaphor in language used to talk about end-of-life care by patients, carers, and healthcare professionals. As part of our project activities, we will be holding a one-day workshop on 'Using Corpus Methods to Analyse Metaphor in Discourse' at Lancaster on 10th January 2014. This event is aimed at those with an interest in using corpus linguistic methods to investigate metaphor, particularly in the area of health communication. The workshop will include presentations and training sessions, and the programme is available here.

    There is no fee to attend this event, which includes lunch and refreshments. Places are limited, however. We are able to offer funding for UK economy-class travel and one night's accommodation on campus, up to a combined maximum of £100, for 15 participants, on a first-come, first-served basis. A further 9 places are available without funding for travel or accommodation.

    To register for a place at the workshop, please e-mail Dr Jane Demmen ( by 31st October 2013, indicating the name of the institution with which you are affiliated and whether you are a member of staff or a student.

    The MELC project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Funding Council (ESRC) and associated with Lancaster's ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science). For more information about Wmatrix suite of corpus tools, see the website.

  • Fri

    Second Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Conference (APCLC 2014)

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    The aim of the APCLC 2014 is to bring together academics from around the world, and from the Asia Pacific area in particular, in order to report on the varied developments in the use of and investigation into corpora in linguistics, language learning and translation studies. Some countries have a number of well-developed projects related to the theoretical and applied aspects of corpus analysis; other countries are just starting to develop corpus resources. Through this conference, we will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and expertise and lay the foundations for future developments in the application of corpus resources in Asia and the Pacific.

    Visit the official website for more information.

  • Wed

    ICAME 35

    University of Nottingham

    The 35th ICAME conference is to be hosted by CRAL (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)School of English at the University of Nottingham in the spring of 2014.

    The Conference theme is 'Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture'. The main conference will be opened with a talk by Professor Ronald Carter.

    For more information, visit the official website.

  • Thu

    Language in End-of-Life Care workshop

    The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

    The workshop will include the following sessions. The full programme is available to download here.

    • Welcome and opening: Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University)
    • The search for a final sense of meaning in end-of-life discourses: Professor Lukas Radbruch (University of Bonn)
    • The 'Metaphor in End-of-Life Care' project - data, questions and methods: Dr Jane Demmen and Dr Paul Rayson (Lancaster University)
    • 'Fight' and 'journey' metaphors for cancer revisited: Dr Veronika Koller and Professor Elena Semino (Lancaster University)
    • Listening to patient and professional voices in end-of-life care Dame Professor Barbara Monroe (Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice, London)
    • Narratives of 'good' and 'bad' deaths: Dr Zsofia Demjen (Open University) and Professor Elena Semino (Lancaster University)
    • Plenary discussion: chaired by Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University)
    • Closing: Dr Veronika Koller (Lancaster University)

    Please contact Jane Demmen for further information and to book one of the remaining places for this event: ( NB: Places will be allocated on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. We may not be able to respond to individual emails after the event is full, but an update will be posted here in due course.

  • Thu

    7th Biennial IVACS Conference

    Newcastle University

    IVACS 2014 will take place in Newcastle, the cultural capital of the North East. IVACS 2014 is being organised by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.

    Plenary speakers:

    • Michael McCarthy, University of Nottingham
    • Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham
    • Brona Murphy, University of Edinburgh
    • Dawn Knight, Newcastle University
    • Tony McEnery, Lancaster University
    • Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University

    For more information, visit the official website