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Edge Hill Corpus Research Group

The Edge Hill University Corpus Research Group (EHU CRG) was established in October 2021 by Costas Gabrielatos. EHU CRG aims at becoming an interdisciplinary forum for academics and students who are (interested in) using corpora and corpus linguistic approaches. In particular, it aims at encouraging and facilitating the use of corpus approaches at Edge Hill.

Language looks rather different when you look at a lot of it at once. (Sinclair 1991: 100)

Every corpus that I’ve had a chance to examine, however small, has taught me facts that I couldn’t imagine finding out about in any other way. (Fillmore 1992: 35)

A single text on its own is quite insignificant: the effects of media power are cumulative, working through the repetition of particular ways of handling causality and agency, particular ways of positioning the reader. (Fairclough 1989: 54)

As corpus linguistics is essentially a methodological approach which integrates quantitative and qualitative techniques, it can be employed by academics engaged in any type of research involving the analysis of naturally occurring or elicited language (such as Education, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Politics, Psychology, Sociology). Also, its computational and quantitative aspects make corpus linguistics relevant to academics working in Computing and Statistics.

If you are interested in presenting at EHU CRG, please send an abstract to the coordinator Costas Gabrielatos via email. EHU CRG will also feature invited presentations and demonstrations.

Meetings will have a variety of foci and formats, and will involve:

  • demonstrations of, and workshops on, corpora and corpus tools
  • presentations reporting on completed or ongoing research projects (including PhD and MRes projects)
  • presentations and discussions on corpus linguistics theoretical constructs, analytical techniques, and metrics
  • critical examination of published studies

Meetings will take place online on Microsoft Teams. The online format will enable a much larger number of academics and students from around the world to attend and contribute. Meetings will be 1-2 hours depending on the type, and will allow ample time for discussion.

Currently, the plan is to have two meetings per semester, but additional meetings can also be arranged.

Past events

EHU CRG meeting: Friday 8 April 2022

EHU CRG meeting: Wednesday 9 February 2022

EHU CRG meeting: Wednesday 15 December 2021

EHU CRG meeting, Wednesday 10 November 2021