Introducing the Written British National Corpus BNC2014

Submitted by Elisa Gorgaini on 5 November 2021

This free event that will take place on 19 November 2021 from 12:00 to 16:00, will introduce the Written British National Corpus 2014 (BNC2014) and offer a series of mini lectures from leading experts in corpus linguistics.

The BNC2014 is a major project led by Lancaster University which created a 100-million-word corpus (a large collection of ‘real life’ language) of present-day British English. This corpus can be used by researchers to understand more about how language works and how it is evolving. Educators, dictionary compilers and the interested public will also be able to access the corpus to find usage examples of modern British English in different genres. The Spoken part of the corpus (10 million words) has already been released. The written part of the corpus (90 million words) will be officially released on 19 November 2021 via #LancsBox X, a software package developed at Lancaster University. This will complete the BNC2014 project.

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Programme

12.00-12.30 Online programme: Lancaster Corpus Linguistics
12.30 – 12.45 Vaclav Brezina (Lancaster University): Welcome and Introduction to the event
12.45 – 12.50 Elena Semino (Lancaster University): Welcome from the Director of The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)
12.50 – 12.55 Paul Connolly (Lancaster University): Welcome from the Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
12.55-13.00 Break
13.00 – 13.15 Tony McEnery (Lancaster University): The idea of the written BNC2014
13.15 – 13.30 Dawn Knight (Cardiff University): Building a National Corpus:  The story of the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh
13.30 – 13.45 Vaclav Brezina (Lancaster University): Current British English
13.45 – 14.00 Vaclav Brezina and William Platt (Lancaster University): Exploring the BNC2014 using #LancsBox X
14.00 – 14.15 Randi Reppen (Northern Arizona University): Corpora in the classroom
14.15 – 14.30 Alice Deignan (University of Leeds): Corpora in education
14.30-14.45 Dana Gablasova (Lancaster University): Corpus for schools
14.45 – 15.00 Bas Aarts (University College London): Plonker of a politician NPs
15.00 – 15.15 Break
15.15-15.30 Marc Alexander (University of Glasgow): British English: A historical perspective
15.30 -15.45 Michaela Mahlberg (University of Birmingham): Corpora and fiction
15.45 – 16.00 Martin Wynne (University of Oxford): CLARIN – corpora, corpus tools and collaboration