Corpora & Discourse International Conference 2020


June 17, 2020 – June 19, 2020 all-day
Charlotte Taylor
United Kingdom

Date: 17-Jun-2020 – 19-Jun-2020
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contact Person: Charlotte Taylor

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Jan-2020

The Corpora and Discourse International Conference series is a biennial event which brings together researchers employing corpus linguistics to examine language above the level of the clause in a broad range of sub-disciplines. Following highly successful events at Lancaster University (2018), University of Siena (2016), and University of Bologna (2012), the 2020 conference will be hosted in Brighton (UK) by the University of Sussex.

We invite proposals which combine corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in all forms and under all names. This might include work that self-describes as: corpus-assisted discourse studies, corpus-based (critical) discourse studies, corpus-based sociolinguistics, corpus-driven discourse studies, corpus pragmatics, corpus stylistics, or corpus & discourse work that does not go under any particular label. Our aim is to bring together all researchers who are interested in how discourse/s are structured, patterned or received and who use corpus linguistics in their work.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to:

– discourse organisation
– language ideology
– language policy
– analyses of socially important issues
– discourse/s and identity
– discourse/s in translation studies
– stylistic analyses of discourse
– discourse/s in literary texts
– discourse/s in language learning
– discourse/s in language teaching
– discourse/s in languages for specialised purposes
– organisational discourse/s
– investigations of non-literal language in discourse (e.g. metaphor, metonymy, irony)
– comparative studies of different discourse/s and discourse types
– comparative studies of discourse/s over different periods of time
– investigations of cultural and cross-cultural topics

We also welcome papers which include reflective considerations on theoretico-methodological issues. These might include discussion of questions such as:

– How is the combination of corpus and discourse analysis developing?
– What is the future of corpus and discourse analysis?
– What counts as best practice and are there any practices best avoided?
– How can we increase our awareness and reflexivity as researchers in this field?
– What forms can triangulation in corpus and discourse take?
– What future directions should we be aware of / consider?
– How might recent developments in (critical) discourse studies impact the combination?
– What new software may be of particular relevance to the area?
– What challenges do particular forms of corpus and discourse face? (e.g. analysis of social media, responsive analysis of fast-moving topics, analysis of historical discourse/s etc.)
– What can a corpus and discourse approach do with big data that was not collected/designed for corpus work?

Proposals for workshops show-casing and providing hands-on experience with new software or methods are also encouraged.

We invite contributors to submit abstracts (up to 300 words) by 25 January 2020 to

All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference scientific committee.