• Thu
    16:00 - 21:00International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester

    CASS is excited to announce an upcoming event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester on Thursday 12th November from 4pm-9pm.

    “Language matters: communication, culture and society” is a mini-series of four informal talks showcasing the impact of language on society. The timely themes will be presented in an approachable manner that will be accessible to a general audience, stimulating to novice language researchers, and interesting to social scientists. Topics include hate speech, myths about impoliteness, and online aggression. Each talk incorporates an element of social science research beyond linguistics and we will take this opportunity to emphasise the importance of interdisciplinary work.

    Afterwards, the audience will be invited to a drinks reception, during which they will have the opportunity to engage further with speakers and to network with guests.

    In a single event, participants will have the opportunity to hear renowned scholars talk about their lives, their work, and what they find most interesting about the relationship between language and society. Talks are short, energetic, and pitched for a general audience.


    • “Impoliteness: The language of offence” - Jonathan Culpeper
    • “Vile Words. What is the case for criminalizing everyday hate speech as hate crime?” - Paul Iganski
    • “The ethics of investigating online aggression: where does ‘virtual’ end and ‘reality’ begin?” - Claire Hardaker
    • “Spoken English in UK society” - Robbie Love

    This free event is part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2015. Please register online to book your place.

    For a taste of what’s in store, please see this video recap of a similar event held in London last year. For more information, please visit the ESRC website

  • Sat
    Cardiff University

    CLS10 will be hosted by the Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) at Cardiff University, Wales on Saturday 28th November 2015. CLCR works at the interface of theoretical and applied research in the domains of identity and culture, linguistic knowledge, and professional and public discourse.

    The aim of CLS10 is to draw our attention to the ways in which corpus-based methods can be utilised to examine features of public and professional discourse. It also focuses on the application of such research to real life situations and problems. We welcome proposals for papers covering topics such as:

    • Healthcare communication; doctor-patient interaction; health questionnaires and surveys;
    • Language and the law; courtroom discourse; analysis of trials and judgements;
    • Academic discourse; language of the classroom; teacher-student exchanges;
    • Language in the media; newsworthiness; news production and reception;
    • Corporate communication; corporate reports; financial disclosures; discourses of corporate risk, security, and apologies;
    • Ethical considerations in analysis of professional and public discourse;
    • Exploration of the erosion of public/private distinctions in modern discourse;

    Presentations on methodological aspects of collecting, cleaning, and making use of corpora of professional and public discourse will also be considered.

    Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 10th August 2015

    Abstract requirements:

    Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions. Please format your abstract in the following way:

    • Abstracts must be written in Times New Roman 12 (do not use all caps, no bold print)
    • Text should be 300 words maximum (including references, if any)
    • Abstracts should be submitted via email to Dawn Knight:


    In keeping with all Corpus Linguistics in the South events, this is a FREE event. A light buffet lunch will be provided, but participants must pay for their own travel costs. There is a very limited number of places for participants and attendance at the event will operate on a first-come first-served basis. After the deadline for abstracts has closed and papers accepted, information regarding the registration process for speakers and participants will be circulated.

    Further information about CLCR is available here