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Corpus Linguistics in the South Conference 2017

Corpus linguistics in the South 15

#CLS15 - a one day conference

The 15th meeting of the Corpus Linguistics in the South will be held on Saturday October 28, 2017 at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

In a time of methodological pluralism and data triangulation, the impact of corpus linguistics on knowledge creation is expected to increase. The use of corpora is spreading and researchers in disciplines such as sociology or history, to name just a couple, are embracing corpus linguistics as (another) complementary research method. However, corpus linguistics “is not a monolithic, consensually agreed set of methods and procedures for the exploration of language” (McEnery & Hardie, 2012: 1). As a heterogeneous field, different approaches to corpus linguistics coexist and new insights into corpus research methods emerge occasionally. For this session, we would like to focus on research that, either directly or indirectly, looks at the following:

  • Changes in research methodology over the years as a result of continuous work with corpus-research methods.
  • Challenges to assumptions and/or core concepts about corpus linguistics.
  • The “qualitative/quantitative” nature of corpus linguistics research.
  • The opportunities that “mixed-methods” research and corpus linguistics offer in terms of data triangulation in applied linguistics and other fields.
  • The concept of validity in corpus linguistics research.
  • The strengths and opportunities of corpus linguistics in the era of big data and NLP.
  • The role of research questions in corpus linguistics. Which come first: corpus data or research questions?

We welcome papers (research papers, case-studies, position papers) discussing theoretical, methodological and technical issues related to the use of corpus linguistics as a research methodology or “method” in applied linguistics and other areas of inquiry. We welcome research that either directly deals with some of the above issues or integrates some degree of reflection or discussion of some of these issues. Demonstrations of software tools and resources for doing corpus linguistics would also be welcome as long they advance some methodological innovation or critique to existing methods. Papers are welcome from established researchers and from early career researchers, including PhD students and Postdoctoral researchers.

Attending CLS 15

If you´d like to attend CLS 15, please complete this form. Please note that we can only accept a limited number of attendants.

CLS 15 Programme

Will be made available soon.


There are two options for submission: full papers and work-in-progress papers. Full papers will be allocated a total of 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation followed by 10 minutes of discussion). Papers focusing on research in progress will be allocated a total of 20 minutes (15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of discussion).

Abstracts of 250-350 words should specify in the heading if the paper should be considered as a full paper or as a work-in-progress, as in the format below.

Abstract format:

Specify: Full paper / work-in-progress


Abstract (250-350 words)

References (not included in word count)

Abstracts should be sent as anonymised attachments, without name or affiliation, to “” by Tuesday 5 September 2017. Decisions will be sent out around 19 September.

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Practical information

In the tradition of all Corpus Linguistics in the South events, there will be no charge for participation or attendance. Coffee and refreshments will be provided and participants will be welcome to attend an optional lunch.

Please note we do not have any funds from which to assist with transport or accommodation.

The Faculty of Education is located near Cambridge train Station.

How to reach us.

Previous CLS events and organisers in roughly chronological order

Charlotte Taylor #cls1,#cls4,#cls6,#cls11,
Rachelle Vessey #cls2,#cls6,
Sylvia Jaworska #cls2,#cls8,
Alon Lishinsky #cls3,#cls9,
Paul Wickens #cls3,#cls9,
Lynne Murphy #cls5,
Justyna Robinson #cls5,
Rachele de Felice #cls7,
Melani Schroeter #cls8,
Dawn Knight #cls10,
Costas Gabrielatos #cls12

Organising committee

Xiao Wang, Danyang Zhang & Pascual Pérez-Paredes

This event is sponsored by the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education Academic Group, F. Education, University of Cambridge:

For further information please contact Pascual Pérez-Paredes (

Corpus Linguistics in the South 15 is sponsored by Cambridge University Press