“Quantitative language research: Exploring the potential of Corpus Linguistics in Education” was an original British Academy funded project led by Dr. Vander Viana (University of Stirling), who was the recipient of a Skills Innovator Award. The project addressed the current deficit in quantitative and language skills in the United Kingdom through Corpus Linguistics (CL). Stressing the probabilistic nature of language, CL allows the identification of linguistic patterns by means of computer-based quantitative investigations of (generally large) electronic collections of texts, the results of which are then qualitatively examined.
The initiative was aimed at developing teachers’, MA/PhD students’ and early-career researchers’ quantitative skills in languages, complementing their text-analytical expertise. This was accomplished by a series of face-to-face events and online activities in 2016.
This capacity-building project innovated by merging research, teaching and learning perspectives to show the participants how they may develop their own and their students’/supervisees’ quantitative and language skills. The educational concern with future generations was vital in addressing the educational deficit that had been identified by the British Academy and in ensuring the long-term impact of the project.