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Humanist Archives: May 20, 2021, 6:41 a.m. Humanist 35.27 - events: corpus linguistics; digital literacies; lecture series

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 27.
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    [1]    From: Marinella Testori <>
           Subject: Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus linguistics: Open sessions 21 - 24 June (166)

    [2]    From: Carmi, Elinor <>
           Subject: Digital literacies for a healthy democracy - DCMS Committee events - 11+18 June (67)

    [3]    From: Matt Clulee <>
           Subject: Digital Humanities lecture series (52)

        Date: 2021-05-19 17:23:45+00:00
        From: Marinella Testori <>
        Subject: Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus linguistics: Open sessions 21 - 24 June

[From: Brezina, Vaclav (]

Dear all,

We are organising a number of open sessions as part of our Lancaster Summer
Schools in Corpus linguistics 2021. Please see the programme below for
details and links.

All events are delivered online via MS Teams and free to attend.
All are welcome!


Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus linguistics 2021: Open sessions
As part of the Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics 2021, we are
offering sessions, both lectures and a practical session, which are open to
anybody who is interested in the topic. The sessions will be delivered
through MS Teams an online platform used to deliver lectures and practical
sessions. You can find the timetable for the sessions as well as links
through which you can join the sessions below. All times shown on this
timetable are in UK time (BST). 

Dr Vaclav Brezina: Numbers, graphs and party tricks: An introduction to
statistics in corpus linguistics (lecture)


Numbers and graphs are two essential modes of scientific communication,
complementing, evidencing and underscoring information communicated through
text. Quantifying language through frequency analysis and visualizing of
the results has a particular set of challenges, which we need to be aware
of. This lecture offers an accessible introduction to statistics in corpus
linguistics with a range of engaging examples of efficient statistical
techniques and visualization of linguistic data. (Participants will also
learn a few statistical party tricks in the process.)

Prof Elena Semino: Corpus Linguistics and Health Communication (lecture)


Communication through language is central to the experience of illness and
the provision of healthcare. This talk shows (a) why corpus linguistic
methods are appropriate and needed in research on health communication, (b)
how they can be employed, and (c) what they can contribute to healthcare
research and practice. Examples will be drawn from communication about
mental illness and about the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Anna Siyanova-Chanturia (Victoria University of Wellington, New
Zealand): What corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics can tell us about
the nature of multi-word expressions? (lecture) 



Recent years have seen growing interest in the mechanisms behind the
acquisition, processing and use of multi-word expressions (MWEs). MWEs
encompass a large set of sequences above the word level, such as
collocations (fast food), binomials (research and development), multi-word
verbs (hold on), idioms (spill the beans), and so on. These sequences
differ in many ways; however, what they all have in common is that they are
highly familiar and, hence, highly predictable strings of language. In the
present talk, I will provide an overview of the nature of MWEs from the
perspectives of corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics.

Prof Jonathan Culpeper: Shakespeare’s language and corpus approaches:
Problems, solutions, insights (lecture) 



The kinds of difficulties that historical language presents corpus analysis
are not generally different from those of present-day language. What
differs is the degree of difficulty: historical language, especially from
the more distant past, presents a chokingly thick concentration of every
possible difficulty. I will touch on, amongst other things, spelling
variation, words and lemmas and grammatical tagging. Along the way, I will
provide insights into Shakespeare’s language, including his supposedly
massive contribution to new English vocabulary.

Dr Vaclav Brezina: #LancsBox: a software tool for corpus analysis of
language data (practical session) 



This practical session will demo most recent features in the #LancsBox
package including automatic production of research reports using the Wizard
tool in #LancsBox. Participants will learn how to efficiently analyse and
visualize linguistic data.

#LancsBox is a software package that incorporates a number of existing
analytical techniques and adds new innovative methods that enable more
efficient and sophisticated exploration of the data. #LancsBox can be used
by linguists, language teachers, translators, historians, sociologists,
educators and anyone interested in quantitative language analysis. It is
free to use for non-commercial purposes and works with any major operating
system. #LancsBox provides sophisticated analysis of large amounts of
language data. It takes input files in any format (plain text, doc(x), pdf,
odt, XML etc.) and processes data automatically adding part-of-speech
annotation using the Treetagger (Schmitt 1995).

Lancaster Symposium on Innovation in Corpus Linguistics 2021 
23 June 2021, 12.30pm – 4.30pm UK time 

Organised by the ESRC Centre For Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS),
Lancaster University, UK. The symposium will take place online via MS
Teams. This symposium is free to attend. Note: Lancaster Summer Schools
in Corpus Linguistics 2021 participants do not need to register separately.
They will be registered automatically.

Registration is required via the following link:

12.30 – 12.45 Introduction to the Symposium (Vaclav Brezina)
12.45 – 13.15 Corpus Linguistics and the Philosophy of Science (Tony McEnery)
13.15 – 13.45 Corpus Linguistics in Discourse Analysis (Charlotte Taylor)
13.45 – 14.15 Corpus Linguistics in Digital Humanities (Michaela Mahlberg)
14.15 – 14.30 Break
14.30 – 15.00 Corpus Linguistics and Historical Sociolinguistics (Terttu
15.00 – 15.30 Corpus Linguistics and Language Learning (Fanny Meunier)
15.30 – 16.00 Corpus Linguistics, Statistics and Tools Development (Vaclav
16.00 – 16.30 General Discussion

The symposium offers a variety of perspectives on and applications of
corpus linguistics. The focus of the symposium is on innovation in the
field and the vision for the future. Each of the presenters was given the
following four guiding questions to prepare their lecture.

1. Why is the corpus approach interesting for you personally?
2. Can you provide examples from your research that illustrate the value of
using corpora?
3. Why does innovation matter in your research context?
4. What is your vision for corpora in your field in the future?

Participants will be able to post questions to the presenters during the
symposium. Frequently asked questions will be addressed in the General

        Date: 2021-05-19 13:56:20+00:00
        From: Carmi, Elinor <>
        Subject: Digital literacies for a healthy democracy - DCMS Committee events - 11+18 June

Hello everyone,
I hope you're all keeping well and safe these days.

As part of my Parliamentary Academic Fellowship project - "Digital
literacies for a healthy democracy" - with the UK's Department for
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee, I'm organising two
events on the future of digital literacies.

The two events - one UK focused and one international focused - will
bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers to discuss the
current digital literacies landscape and talk about possible future paths.

UK focused event - Friday 11th June at 14:00 (BST time).

   1.  Seyi Akiwowo - Glitch UK.
   2.  Hafsha Dadabhai Shaikh - Get Families Talking.
   3.  Sally Dyson - The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
   4.  Professor Simeon Yates - Liverpool University.
Register for this FREE event here ->

International focused event - Friday 18th June at 14:00 (BST time).

   1.  Professor Payal Arora - Erasmus University, FemLab.Co and
Catalyst Lab.
   2.  Marielza Oliveira - UNESCO.
   3.  Professor Colin Rhinesmith - Simmons University and Community
Informatics Lab.
   4.  Professor Marie Gillespie - Open University.

Register for this FREE event here ->

The Twitter hashtag for the events is #DCMSComLiteracy.

The discussions are meant to raise important issues around digital
literacies in different contexts. The beginning of the panel will start
with questions prepared in advance and then the discussion will be open
for questions from the audience that will be asked on the Q&A section.

Insights from the event will be included in a final report for the DCMS
Committee. If you're an academic, practitioner, activist, educator, or
policymaker working in the areas of:

- digital/data literacies
- digital/data inequalities
- digital/data inclusion
- all topics around education

Please join the debate! Your participation and contribution are
extremely valuable to this work.

Any questions or comments please feel free to email me.

Take care and best wishes,
Dr. Elinor Carmi,
Postdoc Research Associate - Digital Media & Society,
Department of Communication and Media,
Faculty of the Humanities and Social Sciences,
School of the Arts, Liverpool University, UK.<>
Twitter: @Elinor_Carmi

        Date: 2021-05-19 07:21:49+00:00
        From: Matt Clulee <>
        Subject: Digital Humanities lecture series

Digital Humanities lecture series

1.      Twitter

Rob Sanderson, Yale University speaks on 'The Illusion of Grandeur: Trust and
Belief in Cultural Heritage Linked Open Data' - part of the University of
Birmingham Digital Humanities Network 'Trust and Authority in the Digital Age'
lecture series
18.00-19.00 25th May Register here(

2.      Newsletter/website

The UoB/Trinity College Dublin Digital research partnership is pleased to
announce a series of lectures on the theme of 'Trust and Authority in the
Digital Age'.

Our research network has been working for some time researching one of the key
central questions in the digital world: how can we know whom and what to trust
when there is so much information available? Our distinguished speakers will
address this theme from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The Illusion of Grandeur: Trust and Belief in Cultural Heritage Linked Open
Data, Rob Sanderson, Yale University
18.00-19.00 25th May

The rich and real promise of Linked Open Data in the cultural heritage domain is
as the foundation of a knowledge ecosystem where institutions and individuals
can share information to be used by a variety of engaging applications. For that
promise to be realized with full attention to inclusivity, we must also have an
understanding of the principles and mechanics by which different, diverse actors
in the ecosystem trust each other to have truly symbiotic relationships, rather
than merely plundering and monetizing others' work. This presentation will
explore the question of trust in a digital, distributed age across three
interrelated aspects: how do we trust that the institution said it; how do we
trust what they said is correct; and how do we trust that our interpretation is
what was intended?

Attendance is free but you need to register here (

Matt Clulee
College of Arts and Law Events Manager
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
0121 4149136

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