Corpus linguistics and cross-disciplinarity

  • Date: 11 December 2017 (Monday)
  • Time: Day-long event (likely times will be 09:30 to 15:30; lunch not included)
  • Venue: STELLA computer laboratory, Hetherington House, University of Glasgow, 13 University Gardens, Glasgow (D6 on campus map)
  • By its nature, research in corpus linguistics engages widely with and contributes to other areas, within linguistics and language study and right across the arts and humanities (cultural studies, film and television studies, history etc.) and beyond (law, medicine, psychology, sociology etc.). We are interested in the outward facing aspect of corpus linguistics, including examples of corpus methods being used to throw light on questions beyond linguistics, and examples of corpus linguistics itself fruitfully drawing on theories and practices from other fields. The event will also provide a chance to meet and chat with fellow corpus linguists and potentially foster some cross-disciplinary links of our own.
  • Schedule (to be announced)
  • Invited presentation
  • Call for papers
    • We invite proposals for short work-in-progress talks (10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions). All researchers are welcome to submit a proposal; we particularly encourage Masters/PhD students and other early-career researchers, since the event offers an ideal opportunity to gain experience in academic presentations and acquire feedback from researchers in related fields. Talks should address the theme of ‘corpus linguistics and cross-disciplinarity’ in some way – however, we do not want to limit the ways in which this might be done!
    • Please send a short (c. 150 word) abstract to Ewan Hannaford (, by 5pm on Friday 17 November. We aim to confirm acceptance within a week of this date.
  • Registration
    • To register, please email Ewan Hannaford (, indicating your name, affiliation and research interests, and confirming whether or not you’d be happy for your details to be added to the CLiS membership list. The deadline for registration is Friday 1 December.
    • Tea/coffee will be provided during the morning. Please note that the event does not include lunch; however, a list of suggestions of good local places for lunch will be sent to registered delegates nearer the time.
    • Please spread the word of this event among colleagues and students who may be interested. There is no requirement to be a member of CLiS: you can become a member by simply attending CLiS events.



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Diachrony through corpora

  • Date: 02 December 2016 (Friday)
  • Time: 10:00 – 17:00
  • Venue: University of Edinburgh
  • The aim of the event is to provide a networking opportunity for people interested in exploring diachronic questions in corpora, regardless of the period and/or language. Moving away from a diachronic focus on a single area of linguistic analysis (e.g. morphology or lexicon), we hope to gain new insights from cross-disciplinary outlooks within Corpus Linguistics.
  • Schedule
  • Presentations
    • Benjamin Molineaux (University of Edinburgh): "Spelling variation in historical corpora: A window to sound change" (Abstract | Slides - Part 1, Slides - Part 2, Slides - Part 3)
    • Robert Truswell (University of Edinburgh): "Diachronic syntax with and without parsed corpora" (Abstract | Slides)
    • Wendy Anderson (University of Glasgow): "Warp and weft: following lexical threads in diachronic corpora" (Abstract | Slides)
    • Hiroshi Yadomi (University of Glasgow): "The Corpus of Sermons in Early Modern England: Methodological issues in corpus-based idiolectal analysis" (Slides)
    • Anna D. Havinga (University of Aberdeen): "Code-switching in late medieval council registers from Aberdeen" (Slides)
    • Karoliina Ollikainen (University of Glasgow): "References to authority in early English medical writing" (Slides)
    • Daisy Smith (University of Edinburgh): "Presenting statistical analysis to historical linguists" (Slides)
  • Attendance

Corpora and tools

  • Date: 20 November 2015 (Friday)
  • Time: 13:30 – 17:00
  • Venue: STELLA computer laboratory, Hetherington House, University of Glasgow
  • This event takes its theme from a suggestion made at the CLiS launch event in Edinburgh in January 2015. With such a wealth of corpora now available, and new ones constantly in development, it can be quite a challenge to keep up to date with what's out there. The central focus of the afternoon will be on two recently created corpora, the Corpas na Gàidhlig, part of the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic project (; NB: no knowledge of Scottish Gaelic is assumed!) and the British Parliament (Hansard) Corpus (, which is enriched by semantic tagging. An overview and hands-on session led by the corpus creators will allow participants to explore the corpora’s features. 
  • Schedule
  • Presentations
    • Prof. Bill Kretzschmar (University of Georgia, University of Glasgow): “New corpora and new corpus analysis” (Abstract | Presentation)
    • Mr. Stephen Barrett (University of Glasgow) & Dr. Mark McConville (University of Glasgow): "Overview and hands-on session with Corpas na Gàidhlig"
    • Dr. Marc Alexander (University of Glasgow): "Overview and hands-on session with British Parliament"
  • Attendance

Further explorations using WordSmith Tools

  • Date: 04 June 2015 (Thursday)
  • Time: 13:00 – 17:30
  • Venue: Room C21, Pathfoot Building, School of Education, University of Stirling
  • Schedule
  • Abstract
  • Guest speaker: Dr. Mike Scott (Aston University)
  • Audience: users of WordSmith Tools (please note that it will be take for granted that participants already know how to use the software)
  • Equipment needed: participants should bring their own (charged) laptops
  • Attendance

Corpora in specialized translation and interpreting in the digital age

  • Date: 04-05 June 2015 (Thursday & Friday)
  • Time: 09:30 – 14:30 (Thursday) and 09:30 – 17:00 (Friday)
  • Venue: Pathfoot Building, School of Education, University of Stirling
  • Schedule
  • Abstracts
  • Attendance

CLiS launch event

  • Date: 23 January 2015 (Friday)
  • Time: 14:30 – 17:30
  • Venue: Room G43, Paterson’s Land, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh
  • Schedule
  • Presentations
    • Dr. Wendy Anderson (University of Glasgow): "Tae a corpus" (Abstract | Presentation)
    • Dr. Paul Thompson (University of Birmigham): "Writing between disciplines: Corpus approaches to interdisciplinary research discourse" (Abstract | Presentation)
  • Attendance
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