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Corpus Linguistics (Distance) Postgraduate Certificate - 2021 Entry

Key Facts

Duration: Part Time, 12 Months

Entry Year: 2021

Entry requirements: 2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject. Qualifications and/or experience recognised by the University to be of an equivalent standard will also be considered.

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Our new Postgraduate Certificate in Corpus Linguistics is based in a Linguistics Department that is placed 2nd in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2020 and 12th in the QS World Rankings 2020.

The course will equip you with core skills that will enable you to analyse large amounts of linguistic data (corpora) using cutting-edge computational technology. You will also learn about the structure of the English language.

Your degree

Lancaster University, with a specialised corpus research centre - The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science, CASS - is one of the world leaders in corpus linguistics. We build corpora such as the British National Corpus 2014 and the Trinity Lancaster Corpus, and develop innovative corpus tools such as #LancsBox, Lancaster Stats Tools online and CQPweb. In 2015, Lancaster University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for innovative corpus linguistic research.

During your studies, you will learn from experts in the field and will be given access to a wealth of corpus resources. In one year of part-time studies, you will be able to acquire core skills in corpus linguistics and data analysis, which will help you grow professionally.

After completing Lancaster ’s Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert), you will have the option to continue with MA in Corpus linguistics by taking specialisation courses and writing a dissertation.

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2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in any subject.

Qualifications and/or experience recognised by the University to be of an equivalent standard will also be considered

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Course Duration: 12 months, part time

It is also possible to take modules on a standalone basis. Please contact the department if you would like further information.

Fundamentals of corpus linguistics

The module offers a practical introduction to key corpus linguistic techniques such as concordance analysis, the analysis of wordlists and ngram lists, keyword analysis and collocation analysis. It also provides an overview of practical applications of corpus methods in a wide range of areas of linguistic and social research.

Corpus design and data collection

The module develops key skills in corpus design and data collection. Building on a long tradition of corpus development at Lancaster University and providing specific examples from recent projects such as the British National Corpus 2014, Guangwai Lancaster Corpus of L2 Chinese or Trinity Lancaster Corpus, the module offers both theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the students to be able to build their own corpus.

Statistics and data visualization

The module offers a practical introduction to the statistical procedures used for the analysis linguistic data and language corpora. The module provides an overview of the main statistical procedures (e.g.  Correlation, cluster analysis and factor analysis, T-test, ANOVA, chi-squared test and regression models) used in the field of corpus linguistics together with examples of application of these methods.

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Why should we be interested in Corpus linguistics? An interview with Prof. Elena Semino

Prof. Elena Semino talks about a wide range of applications of corpus methods, including health communication, applied linguistics, the analysis of financial texts etc. Find out more about the research carried out at the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University.

Important Information

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