Corpus linguistics uses computers to permit the analysis of millions, or even billions, of words of data to look for patterns of usage that are not necessarily observable otherwise. It was pioneered largely in the UK. It has revolutionised linguistics, changing the way language is analysed and how languages are taught. Beyond linguistics, it has profoundly altered how computers can engage with human language - corpus methods lie behind many of the most effective language technologies today, such as web searching and voice recognition. Yet while the analysis of language is a thread that runs through all of the social sciences, they have not, so far, benefitted notably from the corpus approach.

The Centre will change that by demonstrating the benefits of the corpus approach to social science. The Centre will also train a new generation of social science researchers to use these techniques. Building on an initial five year investment by the ESRC, the Centre will work for 15 years to facilitate the uptake of corpus techniques in the social sciences. In doing so, it will turn one UK success story - corpus linguistics - into another: corpus informed social sciences.

 



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Analysing EEBO-TCP as an annotated corpus

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

The affordances of corpus analysis software in approaching EEBO-TCP

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

Using version control software for corpus construction

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

The statistics of collocation: basic principles and potential problems

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Applying cluster analysis to the problem of text-type classification

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Annotation and analysis: an overview of tools and techniques

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Spatial analysis of corpus data using Geographical Information Systems

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 10 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Corpus Linguistics and the Press Reaction to the Woolwich Incident

Author: Robbie Love Date: 04 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Corpus linguistics and discourses of same-sex marriage in the UK Parliament

Author: Robbie Love Date: 04 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

"Homosexuals are delightful, artistic and loving people": A diachronic corpus assisted comparison of "no" speeches on gay rights debates in the UK Parliament

Author: Robbie Love Date: 04 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

Corpus Linguistics and Discourse Analysis

Author: Paul Baker Date: 04 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

Corpus Linguistics and Discourse Analysis

Author: Paul Baker Date: 04 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

Which words are useful for learners? Counting words, distinguishing meanings and developing wordlists (A corpus approach)

Author: Vaclav Brezina Date: 03 April 2014 Seminar/workshop

Using large scale text mining to understand the corporate financial information environment

Author: Paul Rayson Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Using corpus linguistics to investigate the use of metaphor in end-of life-care

Author: Veronika Koller Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Corpus methods and a diagnostic questionnaire for chronic pain

Author: Elena Semino Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

British Politeness re-evaluated through corpus methods

Author: Jonathan Culpeper Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

“I think we’d rather be called survivors”: A corpus-based critical discourse analysis of the semantic preferences of referential strategies in Hurricane Katrina news articles as indicators of ideology

Author: Amanda Potts Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

A red-line for hate speech

Author: Paul Iganski Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

The new General Service List: Rationale, method, implications

Author: Vaclav Brezina Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Geographical Text Analysis: Using place-names to understand the geographies in corpora

Author: Ian Gregory Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Trolling: corpus approaches to a computer-mediated phenomenon

Author: Claire Hardaker Date: 03 April 2014 Presentation/lecture

Rude Britannia: Using Corpora to Reveal Social Attitudes in Britain

Author: Jonathan Culpeper Date: 03 April 2014 Organised event

Words you thought you knew

Author: Andrew Hardie Date: 03 April 2014 Organised event

Forensic linguistic investigations

Author: Claire Hardaker Date: 03 April 2014 Organised event

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Start date
31 March 2013
End date
30 March 2018
Grant holder
Professor Tony McEnery
Co-applicants
Professor Ian Gregory
Dr Richard Xiao
Dr Andrew Hardie
Distinguis John Urry
Professor Jonathan Culpeper
Professor Elena Semino
Professor Kate Cain
Dr Paul Iganski
Professor Steven Young
Dr Damon Mark Berridge
Professor Peter Diggle
Professor John Baker
Dr Paul Rayson
Professor Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Grant amount
£2,905,955.43
Grant reference
ES/K002155/1
Grant type