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Summer School on Learner Corpus Research: Corpus approaches to phraseology

8-12 September 2014

The aim of the Summer School is to introduce learner corpus research through a series of lectures, workshops and hands-on sessions, with a particular focus on phraseology, i.e. the study of word combinations and its links with grammar and discourse.

The Summer School is intended both for researchers who have recently embarked on a learner corpus project and those who simply want to know more about this exciting field of research.

It will take place at the University of Louvain (UCL), in the elegant and modern city of Louvain-la-Neuve, 30 km south of Brussels. The number of participants is limited to 30.

Course director: Sylviane Granger, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Director of the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics

Teaching staff: Sylvie De Cock, Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sylviane Granger, Fanny Meunier and Magali Paquot, all active members of the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics

The following topics will be covered:

General introduction to learner corpus research
Learner corpus annotation
Interpreting learner corpus data (developmental vs L1-induced factors)
General introduction to phraseology
Variationist approaches to phraseology
Automatic extraction of multiword units
Applications of learner corpus research (teaching and reference materials, spell- and grammar-checking, L1 identification, etc.)

The hands-on sessions will help participants familiarize themselves with a range of software tools for linguistic analysis and native and learner corpora, in particular the International Corpus of Learner English and the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage.

Participants will have the opportunity to give a brief presentation of their project at the Learner Corpus Colloquium which will take place on the first day.

The Summer School will also feature one-to-one sessions with members of the CECL team to answer questions related to the design of individual projects.

Information on previous the previous edition of the Summer School can be found at: