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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 was 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 focused 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.

Presentations at #CLS15

The use of n-gram, collocation and keyword analysis to annotate linguistically marked motives attributed to trolls in the comment threads of British political blogs. Marton Petyko, U. Lancaster

"Very bad. Very, very bad. Terrible altogether": A corpus-based CDA of the interviews of the
Magdalene Laundries survivors"
. Miguel Angel Benitez-Castro & Encarnación Hidalgo, U. Zaragoza & U. Granada

Capturing pragmatic change: the description of ELF by means of semi-automated annotation software. Laura Centonze, Università del Salento / Universität Wien

Clusters of keyness: a principled approach to selecting key items. Costas Gabrielatos, Edge Hill U.

A cyclical approach to pragmatic annotation: Our experiences with the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC) Siân Alsop & Hilary Nesi, Coventry U.

Reflecting on the role of iteration in analysing learner grammar competence. Geraldine Mark & Anne O´Keeffe, U. Cambridge & Mary Immaculate College

Tackling Boilerplate Repetition. Mike Scott, Aston U.

A cyclical approach to pragmatic annotation: Our experiences with the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Siân Alsop & Hilary Nesi, Coventry U.

Opportunities in opportunism: a critical evaluation of data collection methods in the Spoken BNC2014. Robbie Love, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Researching legal translation with corpora: mixed-methods opportunities and challenges. Lucja Biel, University of Warsaw

#CLS15: Some ideas for discussion. Pascual Pérez-Paredes, U. Cambridge

Attending CLS 15 (Event fully booked as of 07/10/2017)

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

Final programme pdf here.

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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, Diana Ben-Aaron #cls13, Rachele Vessey #cls14

Organising committee

Xiao Wang, Dong Ok Lim, Lin Jiang & Pascual Pérez-Paredes

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


For further information please contact Pascual Pérez-Paredes (