Harnessing the Latest Corpus-based Approaches for Research

Workshop on Designing Discipline-specific Corpus-based Research: Lessons from Corpus Linguistics

Date: 8 September 2017 (Friday)
1:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Venue: Room 801, 8/F, Caritas Institute of Higher Education
18 Chui Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories [Map]
(Exit B, MTR Tiu Keng Leng Station)

Speaker: Professor Stefan Th. Gries
Professor of Linguistics,
Department of Linguistics,
University of California, Santa Barbara

Stefan Th. Gries earned his M.A./Ph.D. degrees at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 1998/2000. He was at the Department of Business Communication/Information Science of the University of Southern Denmark at Sønderborg (1998–2005), first as a Lecturer, then as Assistant Professor and tenured Associate Professor; during that time, he also taught English linguistics part-time at the Department of British/American Studies of the University of Hamburg. In 2005, he spent 10 months in the Psychology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, before he accepted a position at the University of California, Santa Barbara, starting November 1, 2005. There, he is now Full Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and, by affiliation in the Department of Spanish/Portuguese. He is also Honorary Liebig-Professor of the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, a Visiting Chair of the Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University and, in spring 2017, he was the Honorary Leibniz-Professor at the University of Leipzig. In 2007, 2011, 2013, and 2015 he was a Visiting Professor at the LSA Linguistic Institutes at Stanford University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Chicago.


In this workshop, I will discuss the considerations that feed into the design of quantitative corpus-linguistic studies within both applied and theoretical linguistics. Specifically, I will be concerned with (i) matters of operationalizing cognitive, psycholinguistic, or other/applied notions in terms of distributional corpus data, (ii) the extraction of the relevant data from the hopefully right kinds of data and in particular the preparation of such data by annotation for subsequent statistical analysis, and (iii) with basic quantitative and visual methods to explore data with regard to either hypotheses formulated prior to the data-gathering process or to data-driven/bottom-up exploration of data. The workshop will feature some theoretical introductory comments, but also a certain degree of hands-on work in the form of demos that the participants can follow along.


Enquiries: Ms Trace Chui (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 5796
Email: tchui@ouhk.edu.hk
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Caritas Institute of Higher Education

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/16).

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