About Us


The idea for CLiS was born out of a casual conversation between Brona Murphy (University of Edinburgh) and Vander Viana (University of Stirling) at the IVACS Conference in Newcastle in Summer 2014.  We wanted to have a forum which would allow corpus researchers in Scotland

  • to discuss CL research (either theirs or others’) in a friendly and supportive environment;
  • to find out what kind of (multidisciplinary) work is being conducted by colleagues in nearby institutions;
  • to facilitate communication and links between those who are working on similar research areas;
  • to share insights and collaborate;
  • to provide more opportunities to publish together and/or apply for funding;
  • to collaborate on the academic development of (future) corpus researchers.

In line with the success of other similar networks (e.g. Corpus Linguistics in the South), planning work was undertaken in the second semester of 2014.  The network was officially launched in January 2015 at the University of Edinburgh (see details here).  The event was attended by a healthy number of enthusiastic corpus linguists, who all shared an interest in furthering academic exchange and in sharing expertise.

CLiS is broad in its remit, and its members’ research interests attest to this.  The current areas in which CLiS members specialise encompass (but are not limited to):

  • Conversation Analysis;
  • Discourse Analysis, including Critical Discourse Analysis;
  • Education (e.g. English/Spanish as a foreign language, English for academic purposes; teacher development);
  • Historical Linguistics (in relation to English, Gaelic and Scots);
  • Sociolinguistics;
  • Syntax;
  • Translation;
  • Varieties of English, including English as an International Language.

Whatever your research interest is, you are likely to be able to find a colleague working in the same or a similar area.  We would, therefore, encourage you to participate in CLiS and help us expand our human resources!

CLiS events are conceived to be as inclusive as possible.  For this reason, we try not to charge any fees from attendees.  Since the network is not funded, this generally means that attendees cover their own refreshment and transportation costs.  We also aim to draw guest speakers from our members, who are usually happy to fund their journeys to present at CLiS events.

For first-hand notice of CLiS activities, please  
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