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Category:   E-SSchool
Subject:   Birmingham short courses
From:   Pernilla Danielsson
Email:   pernilla_(on)_ccl.bham.ac.uk
Date received:   16 May 2003
Start date:   08 Sep 2003

Centre for Corpus Linguistics & Dictionary Research Centre Department of English University of Birmingham Two Short Courses: September 2003 1. Using Corpora in Language Research Monday 8 - Wednesday 10 September 2003 Course Tutors: Pernilla Danielsson & Wolfgang Teubert Keynote Speakers: Bill Dodd, Susan Hunston & John Sinclair Corpus linguistics means working with real language data. The Birmingham Centre for Corpus Linguistics is offering a 3-day-course on using corpora in language research. This course will not only give you an introduction to the present state-of-the-art in corpus linguistics, it will also show you how you can use corpus research in a wide variety of other contexts: discourse analysis, translation studies, language change & data-driven lexicography. Alongside with the general introduction, there will be practical hands-on sessions where participants will be given the opportunity to work with our many monolingual and multilingual resources. This includes the 450 million word Bank of English, the largest regularly updated corpus for the English language, and a range of parallel corpora, consisting of between 1-10 million words of original text aligned with its translated texts, including language pairs such as English-French, English-Chinese, English-Swedish, and German-French. The course is aimed at (current and prospective) postgraduate students, researchers and language teachers, as well as professionals in the language and translation industries. This course can be linked to our second short course, Meaning and Dictionaries: see below. Course Programme: Monday 8 September 9.30 - 10.00 Welcome (WT) 10.00-11.00 Discourse, meaning and reality (WT) Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 Hands-on session (TBC) Lunch 14.00-15.30 Keynote Lecture: Susan Hunston Coffee & Tea 16.00-17.30 Hands-on session (PD) Tuesday 9 September 9.30 -11.00 Analysing Frequency Data (PD) Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 Hands-on session(PD) Lunch 14.00-15.30 Keynote Lecture: Bill Dodd Coffee & Tea 16.00-17.30 Hands-on session (BD) Wednesday 10 September (will run partially in conjunction with the course below) 9.30 -11.00 Lecture (WT) Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 Hands-on Session (TBC) Lunch 14.00-15.30 Keynote Lecture: John Sinclair Coffee & Tea 16.00-17.00 Round-up 2. Meaning and Dictionaries Wednesday 10 - Friday 12 September 2003 Course Tutors: Rosamund Moon & Elizabeth Potter Keynote Speakers: John Sinclair: 2nd speaker to be confirmed Course Description: dictionary, n. A book that lists words and their meanings: If you don't know what it means, look it up in a good dictionary! We all know that dictionaries are much more than this - yet meaning is still the most prominent part of dictionary entries. Users consistently give 'meaning' as the commonest reason for using a dictionary. And for lexicographers, the task of identifying different meanings, analysing meaning, and then providing clear definitions or appropriate translations is not only fundamental to the lexicographical process but hard. This short course will provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on how dictionaries deal with meaning. We will explore different aspects of meaning through a series of sessions which will be both intensive and interactive - including hands-on work with corpus data. Most of the sessions will be in seminar/workshop format, but there will be two keynote lecturers from guest speakers (to be announced). The course is aimed particularly at researchers in lexicography and at professional lexicographers in the early stages of their career, although we welcome applications from anyone in related fields or with general interests in lexicography. We will be dealing with both monolingual and bilingual aspects of meaning. This course can be linked to our first short course, Using Corpora in Language Research: see above. Course Programme: Wednesday 10 September (will in run in conjunction with the above course) 9.30-10.00 Welcome and Introduction 10.00-11.00 What dictionaries do with meaning Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 What linguists say about meaning Lunch 14.00-15.30 Keynote Lecture: John Sinclair Coffee & Tea 16.00-17.30 What corpus data shows about meaning Thursday 11 September 9.30-11.00 Meaning across languages (equivalents & translation; meaning in learners' dictionaries) Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 Context and phraseology (relationship between collocation and meaning; lexical units; multi-word items) Lunch 14.00-15.30 Defining meaning (definitions in monolingual dictionaries) Coffee & Tea 16.00-17.30 First meanings first (ordering meanings; historical aspects of meaning) Friday 12 September 9.30-11.00 Culture and connotation (cultural aspects of meaning; connotation v denotation) Coffee & Tea 11.30-13.00 Restricting meaning (context labels, register, technical senses and terms) Lunch 14.00-15.30 Keynote lecture (speaker to be confirmed) Coffee & Tea 16.00-16.30 Round up 17.00-17.30 Farewells (Timings and topics are provisional.) Further Information Venue: CETADL, Guisbert Kapp Building, University of Birmingham Fee: Participation per person: GBP 525 including coffee breaks, lunches and course dinner. Reduction in fee to GBP 450 for early registration before July 31. For participants wishing to participate on both courses, the total costs is GBP 825, with a reduction to GBP 700 for registration before July 31. Accommodation: Participants are requested to make their own reservations: suggestions will be provided. We recommend Lucas House (University Guest House situated 5 minutes walk from the course venue) for accommodation (cost per person, per night, single occupancy: GBP 51.97). Tel no: +44 (0)121 625 33 83 Fax no: +44 (0)121 414 6339 Further Information: More information about the courses and how to register can be found on our website: http://www.corpus.bham.ac.uk/. Information on how to reach us can be found on the website: http://www.location.bham.ac.uk/. The main university web site may also provide you with useful information: http://www.bham.ac.uk.

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