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LINGUIST List 17.1593

Thu May 25 2006

Confs: Text/Corpus Ling/Pontignano, Tuscany, Italy

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        1.    john sinclair, Special and Varied Corpora

Message 1: Special and Varied Corpora
Date: 18-May-2006
From: john sinclair <jmstwc.it>
Subject: Special and Varied Corpora

Special and Varied Corpora
Short Title: TWC06

Date: 27-Oct-2006 - 31-Oct-2006
Location: Pontignano, Tuscany, Italy
Contact: john sinclair
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://www.twc.it

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

A short intensive course on current trends in corpus linguistics, focusing on special and varied corpora, led by a group of international experts, and including trials of the latest corpus handling software. Tenth year of TWC courses.



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.

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