Event Information:

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    Corpus Linguistics Workshop and Festival of Methods at Macquarie University, Sydney

    Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW, 2109, Australia,

    When: 21 November 2016 to 22 November 2016

    Where: Macquarie University, Balaclava Road, North Ryde, NSW, 2109, Australia

    CASS, Lancaster University and the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University are organising a free two-day workshop in Sydney, Australia. The workshop offers a series of sessions on topics in corpus linguistics and the application of corpus techniques in studies of discourse and language learning.

    To register for the workshop, click here.

    The workshop will be followed by the Festival of Methods, an informal mini-conference showcasing different types of corpus-based research related to the topic of “Australia and Australian voices” in language corpora.

    To submit an abstract for consideration for the Festival of Methods, click here.

    Registration in advance is required, as places are limited.


    Monday 21 November Session
    9.00 – 9.30 Registration
    9.30- 10.30 Tony McEnery: Corpus linguistics:  beyond the basics and the future of the field [lecture]
    10.30 - 11.00 BREAK
    11.00 - 12.00 Vaclav Brezina: ‘Beautiful evidence’ in Corpus linguistics: Statistics and data visualization [lecture]
    12.00 - 13.00 LUNCH
    13.00 - 14.00 Vaclav Brezina et al.: Corpus techniques I: Exploring corpora and visualizing results [practical session]
    14.00 - 15.00 Dana Gablasova: Corpus linguistics and language learning [lecture]
    15.00 - 15.30 BREAK
    15.30 - 16.30 Dana Gablasova et al.: Corpus techniques II: Corpora and language teaching [practical session]
    Tue 22 November Session
    9.30- 10.30 Paul Baker: Corpus-based discourse analysis: Critical considerations [lecture]
    10.30 - 11.00 BREAK
    11.00 - 12.00 Paul Baker et al.: Corpus techniques III: Corpus-based discourse analysis [practical session]
    12.00 - 13.00 LUNCH
    13.00 - 16.00 The Festival of Methods – programme TBC  
    16.00 – 16.15 Closing remarks  

    Festival of Methods: “Australia and Australian voices”

     We have introduced an innovative element into the series of corpus linguistic workshops in which we ask participants to bring their own ideas, data and results to discuss the effects of our choice of tools, methods and approaches. We call this new element the Festival of Methods because we hope it will be an engaging exploration and celebration of the range of methods of linguistic analysis we have available.

    For the 2016 event at Macquarie University, Sydney, the Festival of Methods task is as follows:

    Participants will be given access to the corpus and the software (see above), and are encouraged to approach the topic from any aspect. They may make as little or as much use of corpus tools as they wish, and approaches using different analytical frames are very welcome. Collaborative contributions are also welcome.


    We invite submissions of abstracts for short (10 min.) presentations of work in progress, which will stimulate general discussion on the topic.

    If you would like to participate in the Festival, please submit a short abstract (max. 200 words) by 30th September 2016. To submit your abstract, please click here.