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    Lancaster University

    Collaborations between Linguistics and the Professions

    4th-6th March 2019, Lancaster University

    The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, will hold a free event on interactions between linguists and private-sector organisations, on 4th, 5th and 6th March 2019. A series of invited speakers from academia and business will discuss experiences, challenges and opportunities in areas including publishing, IT, forensic analysis, organisational culture, marketing, financial reporting, and language teaching, learning and assessment.

    Thanks to funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), attendance is free, but registration in advance is required, as places are limited. It is possible to register for one, two or all three days of the event.

    You can apply to attend here, no later than 8th February. We will let you know as soon as possible if you have been able to secure a place.

    Organiser: Professor Elena Semino
    Contact for all enquiries: Isolde Van Dorst -
    Venue: Lancaster Conference Centre Lounge, Bowland Hall, Lancaster University. Directions to campus and campus map.

    Download the programme from here: CASS Business Boost event - programme

    March 2019

    9.00 Registration
    9.25 Welcome: Elena Semino
    9.30 Louise Mullany (School of English and Director of Linguistic Profiling for Professionals, University of Nottingham):

    Opportunities and Challenges: Linguistics as Consultancy

    10.10 Isobelle Clarke (Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Birmingham):

    Investigative Linguistics in the Private Sector: Receiving Requests, Taking Cases and the Challenges in Building a Reputation

    10.50 Coffee
    11.10 Georgina Brown (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    Working with business to innovate new methodologies in forensic speech science

    11.50 Kenneth Church (Baidu Research):

    Corpus Methods in a Digitized World

    12.30 Lunch
    1.40 Steven Young (Department of Accounting and Finance, Lancaster University Management School):

    Unstructured Data in Financial Reporting: Implications for Practitioners and Policy Makers

    2.20 Claire Hardaker (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    The curious world of (forensic) consultancy research: or, knowing when to say “no thanks”

    3.00 Tea
    3.20 Patrick Hanks (Research Institute for Information and Language Processing, University of Wolverhampton):

    Greed, Risk, and Mutual Deception:  some indiscreet reminiscences 

    • Can academics work with publishers and IT companies?
    • Can publishers and IT companies work with universities?
    4.00 Tony McEnery (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    The ups and downs of engagement - linguistics and the impact agenda

    4.40 Concluding remarks
    5.00 Close


    5th March 2019

    9.15 Registration
    9.45 Welcome: Elena Semino
    9.50 Alison Mackey (Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University; Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    Applying second language research in the private sector: From tech companies to independent schools

    10.30 Coffee
    11.00 Abby Brody (Avenues: The World School):

    Linguistic research reshaping the private sector of education. A case study of Avenues: The World School

    11.40 Judit Kormos (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University)

    Promoting inclusive practices in educational publishing and second language assessment

    12.20 Lunch
    1.40 Claire Dembry (Cambridge University Press):

    ELT publishing and linguists: successes, challenges and future possibilities

    2.20 Vaclav Brezina (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    Corpora and language teaching and learning: Translating research into impact

    3.00 Tea
    3.30 Cathy Taylor (Trinity College London)

    The Spoken Learner Corpus (SLC) project: a collaboration between Trinity College London and CASS, Lancaster University

    4.10 John Pill (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    How test developers and domain experts collaborate to create relevant language tests

    4.50 Concluding remarks
    5.00 Close


    6th March 2019


    9.15 Registration
    9.45 Welcome: Elena Semino
    9.50 Dan McIntyre and Hazel Price (Department of Linguistics, University of Huddersfield):

    Language Unlocked: A Linguistic Consultancy

    10.30 Coffee
    11.00 Jeannette Littlemore (Department of English Language and Linguistics, University of Birmingham):

    Working with marketing and communications agencies on their use of figurative messaging

    11.40 Veronika Koller (Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University):

    Healthcare, linguistics and consulting: opportunities and obstacles

    12.20 Lunch
    1.50 Gill Ereaut (Linguistic Landscapes):

    Making organisational culture tangible through linguistics: practical consulting for organisations

    2.30 Sandra Pickering (Opento):


    3.10 Tea
    3.40 Colleen Cotter (School of Languages, Linguistics and Film, Queen Mary University of London):

    Journalists and academics talk about language: Bridging the "professional divide" 

    4.20 Short break
    4.30 Deborah Tannen (Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University – via video link):

    Beyond the Academy: Communicating Linguistics to the Broader Public

    5.10 Concluding remarks
    5.30 Close


  • Mon
    Lancaster University

    Lancaster University is pleased to offer three free training events that cover the techniques of corpus linguistics and their application in three different areas.

    The schools include both lectures and practical sessions that introduce the latest developments in the field and practical applications of cutting-edge analytical techniques. The summer schools are taught by leading experts in the field from Lancaster University.

    More details:

    Applications will open in January 2019.