• Mon

    Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation is free online course in corpus linguistics organised by Lancaster University. It offers a practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers interested in the analysis of language.

    Course educators: Tony McEnery and Vaclav Brezina

    Register for free


  • Mon
    Lancaster University (2021 Online format)

    Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics – this year in an online format!


  • Wed
    Lancaster University (Online)

    Organised by the ESRC Centre For Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, UK. The symposium will take place online via MS Teams. This symposium is free to attend.

    More information can be found here: Lancaster Symposium on Innovations in Corpus Linguistics 2021

  • Fri
    12:00 pmonline

    This free event will introduce the Written British National Corpus 2014 and offer a series of mini lectures from leading experts in Corpus linguistics.

    The British National Corpus 2014 (BNC2014) is a major project led by Lancaster University. We created a 100-million-word corpus (a large collection of ‘real life’ language) of present-day British English. This corpus can be used by researchers to understand more about how language works and how it is evolving. Educators, dictionary compilers and the interested public will also be able to access the corpus to find usage examples of modern British English in different genres.
    The Spoken part of the corpus (10 million words) has already been released. We will be officially releasing the written part of the corpus (90 million words) on 19th November via #LancsBox X, a software package developed at Lancaster University. This will complete the BNC2014 project.

    Register now for free.


    12.00-12.30 Online programme: Lancaster Corpus Linguistics
    12.30 – 12.45 Vaclav Brezina (Lancaster University): Welcome and Introduction to the event
    12.45 – 12.50 Elena Semino (Lancaster University): Welcome from the Director of The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)
    12.50 – 12.55 Paul Connolly (Lancaster University): Welcome from the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
    12.55-13.00 Break
    13.00 – 13.15 Tony McEnery (Lancaster University): The idea of the written BNC2014
    13.15 – 13.30 Dawn Knight (Cardiff University): Building a National Corpus:  The story of the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh
    13.30 – 13.45 Vaclav Brezina (Lancaster University): Current British English
    13.45 – 14.00 Vaclav Brezina and William Platt (Lancaster University): Exploring the BNC2014 using #LancsBox X
    14.00 – 14.15 Randi Reppen (Northern Arizona University): Corpora in the classroom
    14.15 – 14.30 Alice Deignan (University of Leeds): Corpora in education
    14.30-14.45 Dana Gablasova (Lancaster University): Corpus for schools
    14.45 – 15.00 Bas Aarts (University College London): Plonker of a politician NPs
    15.00 – 15.15 Break
    15.15-15.30 Marc Alexander (University of Glasgow): British English: A historical perspective
    15.30 -15.45 Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham): Corpora and fiction
    15.45 – 16.00 Martin Wynne (University of Oxford): CLARIN – corpora, corpus tools and collaboration


  • Wed
    12:30 pmonline

    Organised by the ESRC Centre For Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), Lancaster University, UK. The symposium will take place online via MS Teams. This symposium is free to attend.

    Please note that we are unable to issue certificates of attendance.

    Registration is required via the following link:

    Note: Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics 2022 participants do not need to register separately. They will be registered automatically.


    Programme (UK time)

    12.30 – 12.45 Introduction to the Symposium (Vaclav Brezina)

    12.45 – 13.15 Corpora and healthcare communication (Elena Semino)

    13.15 – 13.45 Facing the music: On Method and Mess in CADS (Gerlinde Mautner)

    13.45 – 14.15 Social Media and Sociolinguistics (Jack Grieve)

    14.15 – 14.30 Break

    14.30 – 15.00 Corpus design (Jesse Egbert)

    15.00 – 15.30 More than meets the eye, or why we should consider the process in language learning (Gaëtanelle Gilquin)

    15.30 – 16.00 Data, data, data: The focus of corpus analyses (Vaclav Brezina)

    16.00 – 16.30 General Discussion

    The symposium offers a variety of perspectives on and applications of corpus linguistics. The focus of the symposium is on innovation in the field and the vision for the future. Each of the presenters was given the following four guiding questions to prepare their lecture.

    1. Why are corpora important in your research?
    2. Can you provide examples from your research of any difficulties or challenges when using corpora?
    3. Can you provide examples of when corpus analysis led to unexpected findings?
    4. What is your vision for corpora in your field in the future?