Building on an initial five year investment by the ESRC, CASS is committed to work for 15 years to train a new generation of social sciences researchers to use these techniques, and to facilitate the uptake of corpus techniques in the social sciences.
The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) brings methodological innovation through the study of large amounts of language (corpora) with applications across a range of social sciences.
NEWs, briefings, Blogs
CASS: Briefings is a series of short, quick reads on the work being done at the ESRC/CASS.
Find out what’s been going on in CASS.
Read blog posts written by our centre members.
What do we do
Corpus Informed Social Sciences
Corpus Approaches to Health(care) Communication
Our largest ESRC-funded research programme extends the facilitative and transformative power of corpus methods to the study of health (care) communication.
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.
Trinity Lancaster Corpus
The aim of this 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.