UCL Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics 2016

I am pleased to announce the fourth annual Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics to be held at University College London from 6-8 July.

The Summer School is a short three-day intensive course aimed at PhD-level students and researchers who wish to get to grips with Corpus Linguistics. Numbers are deliberately limited on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be taught in a small group by a teaching team.

Each day begins with a theory lecture, followed by a guided hands-on workshop with corpora, and a more self-directed and supported practical session in the afternoon.

Aims and objectives of the course

Over the three days, participants will learn about the following:

  • the scope of Corpus Linguistics, and how we can use it to study the English Language;
  • key issues in Corpus Linguistics methodology;
  • how to use corpora to analyse issues in syntax and semantics;
  • basic elements of statistics;
  • how to navigate large and small corpora, particularly ICE-GB and DCPSE.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will have:

  • acquired a basic but solid knowledge of the terminology, concepts and methodologies used in English Corpus Linguistics;
  • had practical experience working with two state-of-the-art corpora and a corpus exploration tool (ICECUP);
  • have gained an understanding of the breadth of Corpus Linguistics and the potential application for projects;
  • have learned about the fundamental concepts of inferential statistics and their practical application to Corpus Linguistics.

For more information, including costs, booking information, timetable, see the website.

See also

Summer school in English Corpus Linguistics 2013

Thanks to all who attended the Survey of English Usage’s summer school in English Corpus Linguistics at UCL in August!

The three-day event ran from Tuesday 27 August to Thursday 29 August 2013, and there were lectures, seminars and hands-on sessions.

As a service to those who were able to attend (and a few who could not), I have published the slides from my talk on ‘Simple statistics for corpus linguistics’ and a spreadsheet for demonstrating the binomial distribution below.

If you want to try to replicate the class experience in your own time, please note that at around the half-way point, each member of the class was asked to toss a coin ten times and report the results. We then input the number of students who threw 0 heads, 1, head, 2 heads, etc. into the spreadsheet.


See also