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    Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language Symposium

    1.30 - 5.15pmLancaster University, Lancaster, UK


    Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language Symposium

    On the afternoon of Friday 28th June, the day after the Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics finish, the Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language Project (funded by the AHRC), affiliated to CASS, will host a special half-day symposium to celebrate the upcoming public release of their resources.

    We are delighted to announce that the world-renowned English language scholar, Prof. David Crystal will give the opening address on language and Shakespeare. Furthermore, this will be followed by the leading architect of corpus linguistics, Prof. Tony McEnery, who will give a second opening address on historical language and corpus methods.

    Hear from the Project team who compiled various new and unique corpora to study Shakespeare’s language, along with tools and techniques for their analysis. The team will also present the findings of exciting and innovative research based on these resources. The first four talks are designed to display some of the research possibilities the resources afford, ranging from grammatical style through to gender in Shakespeare. The final talk reports the results of a spin-off project on the linguistic difficulties students experience when reading Shakespeare.

    All Summer Schools participants as well as any other interested parties are invited to attend this free event. Refreshments will be provided.

    Date: Friday 28th June 2019
    Time: 1.30 – 5.15pm
    Venue: Management School Lecture Theatre 5, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
    Programme: Programme including speakers and specific timings can be found below, or downloaded in PDF format here.
    Registration: Please register attendance for free here. The registration process ends on 25th June 2019 or when a maximum number of registrations is reached.

    Any queries can be directed to the symposium administrator, Mathew Gillings (

    N.B.: This symposium is free to attend, but registration in advance is compulsory, as places are limited.

    Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language Symposium programme (may be subject to minor changes)

    13:00 Arrival desk opens
    13:30 – 13:35 Welcome Jonathan Culpeper
    13:35 – 13:50 Opening address (1): Language and Shakespeare David Crystal
    13:50 – 14:05 Opening address (2): Historical language and corpus methods Tony McEnery
    14:05 – 14:25 New data for investigating Shakespeare’s language: The Shakespeare Corpus, The Comparative Corpus of Playwrights, The Comparative Multi-Genre EEBO Corpus Jonathan Culpeper, Andrew Hardie, Jane Demmen, Dawn Archer and Sean Murphy
    14:25 – 14:45 New tools and techniques for investigating Shakespeare’s language: CQPweb and spin-off interfaces Andrew Hardie, Amelia Joulain
    14:45 – 15:15 Break for refreshments
    15:15 – 15:35 Contemporary understandings of English and Celtic Identities: Characters in Shakespeare’s Henry V Jonathan Culpeper and Alison Findlay
    15:35 – 15:55 A Survey of grammatical variability in Early Modern English drama Andrew Hardie and Isolde van Dorst
    15:55 – 16:15 Women and men in Shakespeare Dawn Archer, Jane Demmen, Alison Findlay and Sean Murphy
    16:15 – 16:35 Depictions of deception, focussing on 10 Shakespearean Characters Dawn Archer and Mathew Gillings
    16:35 – 16:55 What do students find difficult when they read Shakespeare? Sean Murphy, Jonathan Culpeper and Mathew Gillings
    16:55 – 17:15 Finaly opportunity for questions and Symposium close Jonathan Culpeper and the project team