[Critics-l] Corpus Linguistics in the South 9: Computation, Corpora and Critique

Alon Lischinsky alischinsky at gmail.com
Sun Feb 15 15:06:45 UTC 2015

First announcement

*Corpus Linguistics in the South 9 *

*Computation, Corpora and Critique*

We are pleased to announce that the ninth CLS event will take place on
18 April 2015* at *Oxford Brookes University*.

Twenty years after the publication of the seminal paper by Hardt-Mautner
(1995), the use of computer-aided methods and increasingly large corpora to
analyse issues at the discourse/society interface is well established. The
aim of this workshop is to invite exploration and discussion of the key
methodological, theoretical and practical issues in this burgeoning field.

In particular, we welcome proposals for papers that:

   - conceptually examine the issues raised in employing automated
   procedures for the analysis of social semiotic issues. Does it remain true
   that the 'historical knowledge and sensitivity' required for critical
   interpretation 'can be possessed by human beings but not by machines'
   (Fowler 1991: 68)?
   - discuss innovations in methods and techniques (of annotation,
   classification, inference, etc.) that have enhanced the possibilities for
   critical analyses of language and discourse. How far have we moved
   and Kress's (1979: 197) assertion that 'there is no analytic routine
   through which a text can be run with a critical description issuing
   automatically at the end'?
   - present specific cases of corpus-based critical studies of
discourse, reflecting
   on the advantages and limitations of the approach

Presentations should be 30 minutes in length, and will be followed by 15
minutes for discussion. Please send your abstract to
alischinsky at brookes.ac.uk by 14th March 2015. Acceptance of submitted
abstracts will be notified by the end of March.

In keeping with prior Corpus Linguistics in the South events, participation
in the workshop is free. Please be aware that the number of  places is
limited, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Best wishes,

Andrea, Paul and Alon

Dr Alon Lischinsky
Senior Lecturer in Communication & Discourse

Dr Paul Wickens,
Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication

Dr Andrea Macrae
Senior Lecturer in Stylistics

Oxford Brookes University
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