CASS Projects

Overview of Current Projects

Corpus Approaches to Health(care) Communication: Our newly funded research programme will extend the facilitative and transformative power of corpus methods to the study of health (care) communication. We are currently working on lived experiences of psychosis and voice-hearing, and on representations of obesity in the news.

The British National Corpus (2014): The British National Corpus 2014 is a major project led by Lancaster University to create a 100 million word corpus (a large collection of ‘real life’ language) of modern-day British English.

Spoken Learner Corpus (SLC) Project: This project is a collaboration between CASS and Trinity College London, a major international exam board. The aim of the project is to create a large corpus of learner (and examiner) speech which will be used in a wide range of research contexts including Second Language Acquisition, language testing, L2 pedagogy and material development etc.

British National Corpus: SDA: This ESRC-funded project will focus on secondary data analysis (SDA) of the spoken part of the British National Corpus (BNC).

UKRI Innovation Fellowship: Intelligent Language Processing for Understanding Financial Text

Understanding the discourse-semantic shift towards risk – A corpus sociologyThis project contributes to understanding the social shift towards risk in a historical perspective on the basis of The Times corpus (1785-2009).

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship: The psychological validity of non-adjacent collocations: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. This project uses the event-related potential (ERP) technique of analysing brainwave data to investigate the processing of collocational and non-collocational sequences.

Overview of Past Projects

Big data media analysis and the representation of urban violence in Brazil: This collaborative project between UK and Brazilian scholars will investigate the linguistic representation of urban violence in Brazil through comparative analysis, making it possible to investigate the relationships between official statistics about urban violence, media representations and citizens’ views.

Changing ClimatesA corpus-based investigation of discourses around global warming, energy and mobilities in Brazil and Britain.

Comparable and Parallel Corpus Approaches to the Third CodeA study of the common linguistic and textual features of translations that combines the comparable corpus approach and the parallel corpus approach to language studies on the basis of sizable corpora of authentic language use in English and Chinese.

Discourse of Online Misogyny (DOOM): A project focussed on understanding online misogynistic threats, who makes them, how and why, but also on advancing research into threatening online behaviour by developing methods for revealing meaningful trends in large collections of online data.

Distressed Communities: Perception and Reality: This project will apply thematic geo-referencing to a broad-coverage UK press corpus, mapping popularly-perceived associations between social issues and different communities/regions/localities, to investigate how far attitudes match the reality found in statistical datasets.

Hate SpeechThis project will take a more measured approach than that evident in the press by looking at the use of hate speech from a linguistic perspective, bringing together work in law and criminology in a project in which corpus linguists can inform the debate.

Language Development, Disorders, and EnvironmentThis project will use large-scale corpus methods to investigate how features of the language environment influence the linguistic and social skills of typically and atypically developing populations of children.

Newspapers, Poverty and Long-term Change: We will trace how historical discourses on poverty have changed, and how they have stayed the same, from 1473-1900, and compare the results of our corpus-based analysis against the findings of earlier research based on close-reading methods.

NHS Project: Beyond the Checkbox: The purpose of this ESRC-funded Knowledge Exchange project is to help the National Health Service better understand the results of patient feedback so that they can improve their services.

Religion, Citizenship and Integration: This is an investigation of interviews with immigrants, building on a Home Office funded project entitled ‘What Works’ which looks at the role of religion in the lives of well-integrated immigrants.

Spoken BNC2014: This project is a collaboration between CASS and Cambridge University Press. Together, we are collecting samples of real-life, informal, spoken interactions between speakers of British English from across the United Kingdom.

Understanding Corporate CommunicationsA comprehensive analysis of the form, content and impact of communications between large, publicly traded corporations and their key stakeholder groups concerning the following three key aspects of corporate governance.

Affiliated Projects

Additional projects will be listed here as they are adopted by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences.