The Survey of English Usage carries out research
in English Linguistics and was the first centre in Europe to carry
out research using text corpora.
The Survey is based in the Department of English Language and Literature at UCL. More...
We are pleased to announce that the Survey of English Usage is running a three-day summer school in English Corpus Linguistics from Tuesday 27 August to Thursday 29 August 2013. There will be lectures, seminars and hands-on sessions.
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The Survey was recently awarded Follow-on Funding for Impact and Engagement by the AHRC to develop teaching and learning materials for English primary schools. The new content is specifically aimed at pupils at Key Stages 1 and 2 in three domains, namely spelling, punctuation and grammar, and will form part of the Englicious website which the Survey developed for secondary school students under a KT Fellowship.
The UCL team will work closely with a number of partners, namely the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE), St Aidan's VC Primary School in north London, and UCL Business PLC (UCL’s Technology Transfer company).
Verb Phrase book published
The grammar of English is often thought to be stable over time. However a new book, edited by Bas Aarts, Joanne Close, Geoffrey Leech and Sean Wallis, The Verb Phrase in English: investigating recent language change with corpora (Cambridge University Press, 2013) presents a body of research from linguists that shows that using natural language corpora one can find changes within a core element of grammar, the Verb Phrase, over a span of decades rather than centuries.
For more information, table of contents and sample articles see here.
App for iOS and Android
We are proud to announce the release of the iGE App for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. The interactive Grammar of English is a complete course in Modern English Grammar. iGE updates our popular Internet Grammar, and presents it as a mobile application for a phone or tablet.
Click here for more information. The latest iGE 1.1 release is published for Android and the latest Apple devices.
Our website is now 'mobile-friendly'. Hand-held users have the option of a new 'mobile reader mode' alongside the standard desktop view.
Survey seminar series
Two seminars took place in the Spring term. Professor Sylvia Adamson spoke on grammaticalisation and social stylistics and Professor Tania Kuteva spoke on the evolution of grammar.
Survey seminars are open to all members of staff and students, and are generously supported by the English Department.
For more information click here.
The AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Creating a Web-Based Platform for English Language Teaching and Learning started in 2010. This project involves building a website of interactive structured English language courses with a grammatical focus, tailored to the goals of the National Curriculum’s Key Stages 3-5. The course consists of lesson modules dynamically accessing the corpora based at the Survey.
Two major parsed corpora of British English are available to order from the Survey of English Usage.
The Diachronic Corpus of Present-Day Spoken English (DCPSE) consists of 87,000 trees and 800,000 words of spoken English across the decades. Release 2 of the British Component of the International Corpus of English (ICE-GB) is an upgrade of the popular 1 million-word ICE-GB corpus. Both corpora are released with the new ICECUP 3.1 software.
More information, free sample downloads and order forms are here.
This page last modified 17 June, 2013 by Survey Web Administrator.