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LINGUIST List 17.1579

Wed May 24 2006

FYI: Short Intensive Course: Special and Varied Corpora

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Message 1: Short Intensive Course: Special and Varied Corpora
Date: 24-May-2006
From: John Sinclair <jmstwc.it>
Subject: Short Intensive Course: Special and Varied Corpora


THE TUSCAN WORD CENTRE

SPECIAL AND VARIED CORPORA

27th - 31st October 2006; Certosa di Pontignano, Tuscany.

How do you make a corpus for a specific need?
How large does it need to be?
Where do you find the texts?
How do you know if a text will suit your corpus?
What software can you use?
How do you ask the right questions?
How do you interpret the results?

If these matters are on your mind, find out more about this short intensive
course run by The Tuscan Word Centre. As with all TWC courses, it deals with
current issues in corpus study, but this course has a special focus on
specialised corpora rather than general ones.

The course is organised by TWC under the auspices of the University of Siena,
and will take place in a beautiful ex-Cistercian monastery in the Tuscan hills
near Siena.

TWC has assembled an international team of scholars who have major achievements
in building and studying different kinds of corpus; they will focus on special
and specialised varieties of both spoken and written corpora:

Prof. Winnie Cheng, PolyUniversity of Hong Kong
Mr. Chris Greaves, Language Software Consultant
Dr. Ann O'Keefe, University of Limerick
Dr. Ute Römer, University of Hannover
Prof. John Sinclair, Tuscan Word Centre
Prof. Elena Tognini Bonelli, University of Siena
Prof. Martin Warren, PolyUniversity of Hong Kong

The course will tackle theoretical issues ranging from corpus design to the
implications for linguistic theory of corpus evidence; also practical matters
such as how to identify what a document is about, and to classify it on that
basis. Talks and discussions will alternate with practical, hands-on sessions,
and demonstrations of some radically new software for corpus analysis.

More details of the course will shortly be posted on http://www.twc.it
We try to keep TWC Courses small, so please reserve a place as promptly as possible.

The overall cost this year is 1400 euros. This is a comprehensive charge which
includes tuition and participation fees, premises and facilities, accommodation
and all meals (except Sunday lunch). Because of careful budgeting, we are able
to reduce the price by a hundred euros from the same kind of course last year.

All enquiries to John Sinclair, jmstwc.it. There is no application form.


Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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