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UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics

Date: 13 to 15 July 2011 Time: 9.00 - 6.00

Venue: Management School building, Lancaster University

The UCREL research centre is pleased to announce its first Summer School in Corpus Linguistics. This will take place on Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, and Friday 15th July 2011 (half-days Wednesday and Friday, full-day Thursday).

The event is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited. UPDATE: Registration is now closed and all 40 places have been allocated. We are running a waiting list for any places that come free; late applicants can be added to this list if they wish by sending in an application form and letter-in-support as normal.

The UCREL Summer School is intended primarily for postgraduate research students (and secondarily for Masters-level students and postdoctoral researchers) who require in-depth knowledge of corpus-based methodologies for their degree projects. It is not aimed at raw beginners, but rather at PhD students who have at least some introductory experience of analysis using language corpora, and who wish to expand their knowledge of key issues and techniques in cutting-edge corpus research.

The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented. Tutors include Paul Baker, Jonathan Culpeper, Costas Gabrielatos, Andrew Hardie, Geoffrey Leech, Tony McEnery, Paul Rayson, and Andrew Wilson. A provisional programme, with session titles, can be accessed via this link.

How to register

All PhD students who feel they would benefit from attending the UCREL Summer School are invited to apply for a place. UK and overseas students are equally eligible.

Postdoctoral researchers and Masters-degree-level students are also welcome to apply, but in the event of excess demand, priority will be given to PhD students. Otherwise, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

As noted above, there is no fee for attending; however participants will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodation, and food (lunch will be provided on the full day of Thursday 14th July). Some links to possibly useful information on travel and accommodation are given below.

To apply for a place in the Summer School, you should fill in this registration form: available in RTF format for completion on computer, in PDF format for printing out.

Once you have completed the form, return it to Andrew Hardie by email (preferably; to or by post (if necessary) at the following address:

Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YT, United Kingdom.

In addition to sending in the form, we also require your supervisor to write to us briefly, confirming that they support your application and that they expect your PhD research to benefit from attending the UCREL Summer School. This letter in support should also be directed to Andrew Hardie, again preferably by email. (If you are a postdoctoral researcher, please ask your Principal Investigator or other research team leader to write in support of your application.)

Your application is not complete until we have received both your form and the letter from your supervisor.

The deadline for registrations is the 31st March 2011.

Any queries about the UCREL Summer School can also be sent to Andrew Hardie who is the main contact person for the event.

Event website:


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Associated staff: Paul Baker, Jonathan Culpeper, Costas Gabrielatos, Andrew Hardie, Geoffrey Leech, Tony McEnery, AcSS, FRSA, Paul Rayson, Andrew Wilson

Organising departments and research centres: Linguistics and English Language, University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL)

Keywords: Corpora and sociolinguistics/discourse, Corpora of nonstandard languages, Corpus linguistic methodology, Corpus linguistics, Corpus tools


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