Harnessing the Latest Corpus-based Approaches for Research

Workshop on Designing Interdisciplinary Corpus Research

Date: 24 October 2017 (Tuesday)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Venue: C0411, 4/F, Block C,
The Open University of Hong Kong
30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]

Speaker: Professor Michaela Mahlberg
Chair in Corpus Linguistics,
Director of the Centre for Corpus Research,
Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the College of Arts and Law,
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Professor Michaela Mahlberg holds the chair in corpus linguistics at the University of Birmingham, UK, where she is also the Director of the Centre for Corpus Research and the Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer for the College of Arts and Law. Professor Mahlberg is the editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins) and together with Professor Wolfgang Teubert she edits the book series Corpus and Discourse (Bloomsbury). One of her main areas of research is Dickens’s fiction and the socio-cultural context of the 19th century. Her publications include Corpus Stylistics and Dickens’s Fiction (Routledge, 2013), English General Nouns: a Corpus Theoretical Approach (John Benjamins, 2005) and Text, Discourse and Corpora: Theory and Analysis (Continuum, 2007, co-authored with Michael Hoey, Michael Stubbs and Wolfgang Teubert). Professor Mahlberg is currently Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded project CLiC Dickens: Characterisation in the representation of speech and body language from a corpus linguistic perspective.


This workshop will focus on challenges and practical considerations of designing interdisciplinary corpus research. We will discuss a range of examples considering different steps in the research process. To illustrate how research questions from other disciplines can be addressed with corpus methods, we will look at examples from literary studies and cognitive poetics with specific focus on the study of Dickens’s fiction. To discuss conceptual similarities and differences between corpus linguistics and psycholinguistics, we will consider the design of an empirical study involving eye-tracking. We will also discuss examples of statistics that are used across disciplines and that are specifically useful for the comparison of collocation across corpora. As corpus software plays a central role for interdisciplinary research, we will additionally consider how user interfaces can facilitate research across disciplines. The workshop will be a combination of presentation and hands-on exercises.


Enquiries: Ms Christy Kong (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 5796
Email: ctykong@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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