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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


Seminar on the Contributions to Management and Organisation Studies of Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis

16th April 2015, 10:00 to 16:30, Durham University Business School, Mill Hill Lane, Durham DH1 3LB

The purpose of the workshop is to introduce the corpus linguistic approach to people who are interested in its potential to inform discourse analysis. 


Professor Gerlinde Mautner, Vienna University of Economics and Business: 'The Contribution of Corpus Linguistics to Critical Discourse Analysis'

Dr Dermot O’Reilly, Lancaster University Management School: 'Constructing the Object of ‘Leaderism’: Applications, Amputations, Reflections and Possibilities in using Corpus Linguistics in Critical Discourse Analyses'

Dr Sylvia Jaworska, Department of English Language & Applied Linguistics, University of Reading and Dr Anupam Nanda, Henley Business School, University of Reading: 'Doing Well by Talking Good: A Corpus Linguistics Application to Understand Corporate Social Responsibility'

Dr Amanda Potts, Department of Linguistics & English Language, Lancaster University and Professor Mark Learmonth, Durham University Business School: 'Making Administrative Science Quarterly a Corpus: Methods and Emerging Results'

What is Corpus Linguistics?

Corpus Linguistics – the study of language based on a large amount of linguistic data known as corpora – has increased our understanding of language use. Using specialist linguistic/computational tools known as ‘concordance programs’, corpus linguists are able to scan large corpora (for example, newspapers, company reports, multiple issues of academic journals) in order to identify language patterns, associations, keywords and clusters that would be difficult or impossible to reveal by a manual/pen-and-paper analysis. This kind of approach has already offered numerous benefits for Social Sciences. However, we believe that it is of particular interest to people doing various forms of critical discourse analysis – a mode of research which has traditionally focused on relatively small data packages. In particular, a corpus linguistics approach enables researchers with an interest in discourse to significantly broaden their empirical base while still retaining a qualitative focus. 

The seminar is free, and registration is essential. Lunch is not provided but there is a restaurant in the School. If you would like to register please contact Tracey Brown: by 27 March 2015. 

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