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Corpus Linguistics: languages, communities, mobility

The IVACS network aims to connect corpus researchers and postgraduates internationally. The 9th Biennial Conference builds on the success of the previous eight IVACS conferences held at the Universities of Limerick (2002, 2008), Belfast, (2004), Nottingham (2006), Edinburgh (2010), Leeds (2012), Newcastle (2014), and Bath Spa (2016). 

The theme of the 9th International Conference is Corpus Linguistics: languages, communities, mobility and it is intended to reflect a deeper awareness of the central role played by languages and language varieties, in our increasingly fluid societies. Through the use of corpus linguistics, the conference will draw on the diverse fields of study that can contribute to understanding the issues and concerns, as well as advantages and richness, that are found as communities experience increasing mobility. We are particularly interested in papers which draw on applied corpus research in the following areas, though these are in no way exclusive:

Corpus Linguistics, mobility and communities

  • CL and social mobility;
  • CL, language and migration;
  • CL and integration;
  • Using CL to explore language in minority contexts;
  • CL and diversity in communities;
  • CL and high-stakes testing;
  • CL and xenophobia.

Corpus Linguistics and Analysing Discourse 

  • CL and real word contexts, e.g. Media Discourse, Classroom Discourse; Workplace Discourse, Academic Discourse;
  • CL and approaches to discourse analysis, e.g. Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis;
  • Corpus Pragmatics.

Corpus Linguistics and Applied Linguistics 

  • Learner corpus research;
  • Data-driven learning; 
  • CL and teacher education; 
  • CL and English as an International Language (EIL);
  • CL and English as a Lingua Franca (ELF);
  • CL and Second Language Acquisition;
  • CL and Bilingualism.

Corpus methods and innovations

  • Critical reflections on corpus methods;
  • Innovations in Corpus design;
  • Innovative corpus tools; 
  • Advances in quantitative and qualitative approaches to analysing corpora.

Corpus Linguistics, Texts and Literature 

  • Lexicography;
  • Corpus Stylistics;
  • CL and Translation Studies;
  • CL and Literary Linguistics;
  • Forensic Linguistics;
  • Register Studies.

Corpus Linguistics and Speech 

  • CL Speech Technology;
  • CL and Multimodality;
  • Spoken Corpora;
  • Corpus Phonology.

Corpus Linguistics and Sociolinguistics

  • CL and language change;
  • CL and language varieties;
  • CL and language variation;
  • CL and minority language studies.

Corpus Linguistics and Historic Linguistics

  • Building historic corpora;
  • Analysing historic corpora;
  • Historic pragmatics.

Papers focusing on languages other than English, as well as language varieties and dialects are most welcome. 

Submission of Abstracts

Full papers will involve a 20-minute presentation, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Abstracts should be 250 – 350 words in length (including references, if any) and be submitted on the Online Abstract Submission Form by 12 January 2018 midnight CET. Acceptance notification will be sent by 16 February 2018.

Closing date for applications for the Malta Travel Grant is 25 May 2018. Access further details here

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