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Summer School Announcement: UCREL Summer School in Corpus Linguistics/ Lancaster, UK

Host Institution: Lancaster University
Coordinating Institution: Lancaster University
Dates: 16-Jul-2013 to 19-Jul-2013
Location: Lancaster , United Kingdom
Focus: The UCREL Summer School 2013 is the third event in a highly successful series that began in 2011. Sponsored by UCREL at Lancaster University – one of the world's leading and longest-established centres for corpus-based research – its aim is to support students of language and linguistics in the development of advanced skills in corpus methods.
Minimum Education Level: MA
Additional Qualifications:
Full Summer School Description: 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.

Topics include:
- Advanced corpus queries and the use of regular expressions, and Spelling variation
- Historical, child and online data
- Using XML in corpus encoding and analysis and the statistics of collocation
- Studying language change in diachronic corpora
- Corpus-based approaches to metaphor in discourse
- Pragmatics, politeness and impoliteness in the corpus
- Using comparable and parallel corpora in contrastive and translation studies
- Understanding statistics for corpus analysis

The UCREL Summer School is part of three ‘Lancaster Summer Schools in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods’ (see the website for further information). There are additional daily plenary lectures shared with the other two Summer School events, each illustrating cutting-edge digital research methods using corpus data:

Tony McEnery — Representations of Islam in the UK press
Ian Gregory — Using corpus data in Geographical Information Systems
Stephen Pumfrey — The semantics of liberty in Early Modern English

The UCREL Summer School ran for the first time in 2011, and was repeated (with the same programme) in 2012. We have extended the length of the event, so that it is now taught over four days rather than three. We have also revised the syllabus content for 2013; for this reason, repeat participation by those who have already attended the summer school in 2011 or 2012 is welcome.

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Linguistic Subfield: Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Tuition: 0 (GBP)
Tuition Explanation: Registration is free, but participants are responsible for their own accommodation and travel costs.
Registration Dates: 19-May-2013 to 2-Jun-2013
Contact person information: Peter Stevens
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Registration Instructions: The UCREL Summer School is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited. For more details, see the following URL:
Summer School and Training Course Registry main page