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 our fifth Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics will run from Wednesday 5 July to Friday 7 July 2017.
The Summer School is an introduction to Corpus Linguistics for students of language and linguistics and teachers of English. Participants should have a basic knowledge of English linguistics and grammar. Students will gain experience with a state-of-art corpus and an understanding of basic statistical ideas.
The Survey Seminar speakers for the Spring term were Ellen Smith-Dennis (Warwick), talking about language endangerment and linguistic change in Papapana, and Rob Lawson (Birmingham City), who spoke about a socio-corpus study of masculinity and language in a 'Pick Up Artist' online community.
App for iOS - Android coming soon
Our very latest mobile app, Grammar Practice KS2, is designed for UK primary school students to test themselves in preparation for the Key Stage 2 Grammar Test at the end of Year 6.
Developed as a spin-off of the Englicious project, GP KS2 contains:
- Extensive practice material — 50 exercises with nearly 3,000 test questions.
- The complete 'non-statutory' New UK National Curriculum Grammar Glossary as a bonus, plus explanations from the Englicious website.
The test changed this year — our app is up-to-date.
Our website is 'mobile-friendly'. Hand-held users have the option of a new 'mobile reader mode' alongside the standard desktop view.
Release Candidate 2 of ICECUP 3.1.1 now available
The Release Candidate 2 package contains a new software codebase created with Visual Studio, and a new complete help file. Most importantly, the software has been reworked extensively to ensure that it is compatible with 64bit and 32bit versions of Windows, from XP to Windows 10.
You can also download a free ICE-GB sample corpus to experiment for yourself.
Free Grammar Resources for School Teachers — the Englicious Website
We are pleased to see our Englicious website going from strength to strength, with more teachers signing up every day. Englicious (www.englicious.org) is an online resource for improving the teaching of English grammar and literacy in UK schools. Our site uses the latest UK National Curriculum grammar terminology and spans both the primary and secondary sectors.
We also run a course for school teachers, in conjunction with the UCL Institute of Education, called Grammar for Teachers, which uses Englicious.
In the following video, school teachers at St Aidan's Primary School, North London, talk about their experience using Englicious in the classroom.
Englicious was developed out of the AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship Creating a Web-Based Platform for English Language Teaching and Learning started in 2010. This project involved building a website of interactive structured English language courses with a grammatical focus, initially tailored to the goals of the National Curriculum’s Key Stages 3-5. The resource consists of lesson modules dynamically accessing the corpora based at the Survey. The project was subsequently supported by the EPSRC via a UCL BEAMS Enterprise Award in 2012.
The Survey was subsequently awarded Follow-on Funding in 2013 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 forms part of the Englicious website. This short project started on 1 September 2013 and ran for six months.
The UCL team worked 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).
English Grammar Day 2017
On 3 July 2017, the Survey, the University of Oxford and the British Library are organising the fourth English Grammar Day. The first three English Grammar Days were very successful events: they were fully booked and attracted a great number of teachers and school children, as well as members of the public and the press. Join leading language authorities to reflect on the state of, and attitudes towards, English grammar and vocabulary.
Speakers for 2017 are Times journalist, Oliver Kamm; language specialists Geoffrey Pullum, Devyani Sharma, Marcello Giovanelli and Lucy Dipper; and secondary school teacher Eleanor Trafford. Public participation is encouraged in a Panel chaired by English Professor John Mullan.
You can watch the short video below about last year's English Grammar Day.
Academic guidance in your pocket!
App for iOS and Android
We are proud to announce the release of Academic Writing in English (AWE), a new app for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android devices. AWE is an interactive self-learning course in academic writing that takes you on a journey from critical thinking skills and organising your writing, via questions of English word choice and grammar, to identifying (and addressing) ambiguity in your own writing.
AWE is for undergraduates, postgraduates, professional academics and secondary school students preparing for university – in short, anyone who does academic writing. It is for native and non-native speakers of English.
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.
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 29 March, 2017 by Survey Web Administrator.