Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS)

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Welcome to CLiS

Conceived by Bróna Murphy (University of Edinburgh) and Vander Viana (University of Stirling) in June 2014, Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS) is a voluntary network by and for those who are engaged in corpus research and/or are planning to conduct corpus studies. The network, which was launched in 2015, welcomes corpus linguists at all educational levels and career stages (e.g. MA/PhD students, teachers, research assistants, and academic staff). Its open policy means that all members work on a voluntary basis and where possible, maintain a free-of-charge policy for our events.

The main aims of CLiS are:

  • to promote the corpus research which is being done in Scotland
  • to discuss CL research in a friendly and supportive environment
  • to facilitate networking amongst corpus linguists in Scotland
  • to assist the development of potential collaborative funding applications and research outputs
  • to foster the academic development of CL students / early-career researchers in Scotland

About us

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; (Critical) Discourse Analysis; Education (e.g. English/Spanish as a foreign language, English for academic purposes; teacher education); Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Syntax; Translation; and Varieties of English.  Whatever your research interests are, 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 do not 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.

Since its announcement, CLiS has also gathered the interest of colleagues working in other UK regions and abroad, who are all very welcome to join us.


Find out more about our upcoming events on our Eventbrite page.

Contact us

If you would like to contact us, please write to Bróna Murphy ( and Vander Viana ( We would be pleased to hear your suggestions on how to take CLiS forward.

For first-hand notice of CLiS news and activities, please follow the Network on Twitter.

As a not-for-profit network, CLiS is driven by and for its volunteer members. We are always on the outlook for colleagues who could host meetings, organise events, share their expertise, and so on. Please do contact us in case you could help in any way.