Edge Hill Corpus Research Group

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).

The Edge Hill Corpus Research Group (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 University.

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 (e.g. History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Politics, Psychology, Sociology). In addition. its computational and quantitative aspects make corpus linguistics relevant to academics working in Computing and Statistics.

EHU CRG is open to academics and research students at Edge Hill or other universities, who are welcome to send proposals to the coordinator, Costas Gabrielatos ([email protected]). EHU CRG will also feature invited presentations and demonstrations.

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

  • presentations reporting on completed or ongoing research projects (including PhD and MRes projects);
  • demonstrations of, and workshops on, new corpora and corpus tools;
  • 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 (on Wednesdays), but additional meetings can also be arranged.

Watch this space for updates.

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