Upcoming | 2014 | 2013

  • Wed

    ICAME 35

    University of Nottingham

    The 35th ICAME conference is to be hosted by CRAL (Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics)School of English at the University of Nottingham in the spring of 2014.

    The Conference theme is 'Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture'. The main conference will be opened with a talk by Professor Ronald Carter.

    For more information, visit the official website.

  • Thu

    Language in End-of-Life Care workshop

    The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD

    The workshop will include the following sessions. The full programme is available to download here.

    • Welcome and opening: Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University)
    • The search for a final sense of meaning in end-of-life discourses: Professor Lukas Radbruch (University of Bonn)
    • The 'Metaphor in End-of-Life Care' project - data, questions and methods: Dr Jane Demmen and Dr Paul Rayson (Lancaster University)
    • 'Fight' and 'journey' metaphors for cancer revisited: Dr Veronika Koller and Professor Elena Semino (Lancaster University)
    • Listening to patient and professional voices in end-of-life care Dame Professor Barbara Monroe (Chief Executive, St Christopher's Hospice, London)
    • Narratives of 'good' and 'bad' deaths: Dr Zsofia Demjen (Open University) and Professor Elena Semino (Lancaster University)
    • Plenary discussion: chaired by Professor Sheila Payne (Lancaster University)
    • Closing: Dr Veronika Koller (Lancaster University)

    Please contact Jane Demmen for further information and to book one of the remaining places for this event: ( NB: Places will be allocated on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. We may not be able to respond to individual emails after the event is full, but an update will be posted here in due course.

  • Thu

    7th Biennial IVACS Conference

    Newcastle University

    IVACS 2014 will take place in Newcastle, the cultural capital of the North East. IVACS 2014 is being organised by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University.

    Plenary speakers:

    • Michael McCarthy, University of Nottingham
    • Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham
    • Brona Murphy, University of Edinburgh
    • Dawn Knight, Newcastle University
    • Tony McEnery, Lancaster University
    • Andrew Hardie, Lancaster University

    For more information, visit the official website

  • Tue

    ESRC Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Science

    Lancaster University, UK

    The ESRC Summer School in Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences was inaugurated in 2013; the 2014 event is the second in the series. It will take place 15th to 18th July 2014, at Lancaster University, UK.

    This free-to-attend summer school takes place under the aegis of CASS (, an ESRC research centre bringing a new method in the study of language – the corpus approach – to a range of social sciences. CASS is investigating the use and manipulation of language in society in a host of areas of pressing concern, including climate change, hate crime and education.

    Who can attend?

    A crucial part of the CASS remit is to provide researchers across the social sciences with the skills needed to apply the tools and techniques of corpus linguistics to the research questions that matter in their own discipline. This event is aimed at junior social scientists – especially PhD students and postdoctoral researchers – in any of the social science disciplines. Anyone with an interest in the analysis of social issues via text and discourse – especially on a large scale – will find this summer school of interest.


    The programme consists of a series of intensive two-hour sessions, some involving practical work, others more discussion-oriented.

    Topics include: Introduction to corpus linguistics; Corpus tools and techniques; Collecting corpus data; Foundational techniques for social science data - keywords and collocation; Understanding statistics for corpus analysis; Discourse analysis for the social sciences; Semantic annotation and key domains; Corpus-based approaches to metaphor in discourse; Pragmatics, politeness and impoliteness in the corpus.

    Speakers include Tony McEnery, Paul Baker, Jonathan Culpeper, and Elena Semino.

    The CASS Summer School is one of the three co-located Lancaster Summer Schools in Interdisciplinary Digital Methods; see the website for further information:

    How to apply

    The CASS Summer School is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

    The deadline for registrations is Sunday 8th June 2014.

    The application form is available on theevent website as is further information on the programme.