Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics 2014

Our second three-day Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics will run from Monday 7 July – Wednesday 9 July 2014.

Important information:

  • Registration: 9am, Monday 7 July
  • Location: Language Space, Room 101 Foster Court, University College London (marked in blue on the map below).
  • Timetable

Summer School map (click for interactive map)

More information

Last year’s course was highly successful, and we had extremely positive feedback from those who attended — as the following sample comments indicate:

“I am amazed by your availability and helpfulness throughout the summer school. 4 tutors for 21 students, that is a support-ratio I have never had in my (university) education before. Maybe I should go to more summer schools.”

“I'm studying statistics in my university. So I think this lecture is very useful and I want to study hard.”

What did you learn that was most useful to you? “Difficult choice because each session offered a link to the next (admirably cohesive) and all were very useful — perhaps I'll opt for what I was least comfortable with, statistics.”

Aims and objectives of the course

  • The Summer School is a primer in Corpus Linguistics for students of the English language. It is designed to be both accessible and inspiring!
  • Attendees are taught by world-class researchers at the Survey of English Usage, UCL.
  • Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of English linguistics and grammar.
  • It will take place in the English Department of University College London, in the heart of Central London.


The Summer School will take place in Foster Court, University College London. See above.

Other relevant information

Special offer — ICE-GB or DCPSE

  • Students in full-time education: free copy of either ICE-GB or DCPSE (Student Licence).
  • All other registrants: 25% off the Individual Licence for either
    • ICE-GB (regular price £365 now £273.75) or
    • DCPSE (regular price £349 now £261.75).
      Note: these prices exclude VAT at 20%, which is payable for EU customers.

Conditions: Each applicant for the course is entitled to one copy of one corpus and a licence in their name. You can pay in advance using the credit card form or payment can be accepted by sterling cheque or credit card at the Summer School. The corpus will be provided in person at the Summer School for your security. For licence terms and general ordering information see the links below.

ICE-GB Licence
DCPSE licence


7 July

09:00-09:30 Registration

An Introduction to English Corpus Linguistics

Bas Aarts
11:00-11:30 Break

Introducing ICE-GB and DCPSE and their Functionality

Bas Aarts and Rachele de Felice
13:00-14:15 Lunch

Practical Session

Seth Mehl

8 July


Corpus Linguistics Methodology

Seth Mehl
11:00-11:30 Break

Searching the Corpus: Wildcards, FTFs and Combining Queries

Bas Aarts and Sean Wallis
13:00-14:15 Lunch

Practical Session

Seth Mehl

9 July


Simple Statistics for Corpus Linguistics

Sean Wallis
11:00-11:30 Break

Quantity and Quality: Large Corpora and Specialised Corpora

Rachele de Felice
13:00-14:15 Lunch

Practical Session

Seth Mehl

Closing tea!

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