THE USE AND MANIPULATION OF LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY IS THE FOCUS OF OUR NEW £3.5M ESRC CENTRE FOR CORPUS APPROACHES TO SOCIAL SCIENCE (CASS) AT LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) has been founded with the express goal of bringing the benefits of the corpus approach to as wide a range of social science disciplines as possible.
The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science is dedicated not simply to corpus linguistics, but to bringing these latest techniques in linguistic analysis to bear on a range of questions in the social sciences. 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. In doing so, we intend to turn one UK success story – corpus linguistics – into another: corpus informed social sciences.
To produce new research findings in corpus informed social sciences, CASS is working across the full range of the ESRC’s strategic challenges.
Core CASS projects include developing new approaches to the study of hate speech, exploring how people talk about climate change, looking at the role religion can play in enabling new migrants to the UK to integrate into UK society, and looking at how changes in corporate governance are communicated. This Centre will make a difference to how social science is undertaken in the UK, and in doing so, it will provide a series of insights into key social questions facing the UK today.
We strive to work closely with as wide a range of social scientists as possible to demonstrate the benefits of the latest techniques developed in linguistics to a broad range of disciplines.
The CASS team itself is diverse, representing a wide variety of applications and approaches to shared tools. Further, the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science continues to invite researchers and other members of relevant projects to draw upon our resources to help deliver their aims. Keep up to date with our latest news and events for ways to get involved. Alternatively, get in touch directly!