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Quantifying Methods for Discourse Studies

Dr Ronny Scholz |

Wednesday 4th May 2016 | 10am to 4pm | A1.11 in the Social Sciences |

Are you analysing textual data? Maybe you are interested in exploring your research material with text-statistical methods?

The Quantifying Methods for Discourse Studies Advanced Training workshop introduces corpus linguistic methods for discourse researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The workshop will enable the participants to build their own corpus according to their research question and analyse it with lexicometric methods. These methods will enable you to discover new perspectives on your data by exploring them from angles that cannot be taken by simply reading texts. In this sense, quantitative methods are understood as a heuristic approach to texts representing a useful complement of qualitative methods.


Please bring your computer along. We will work with the Lexico3 software that is going to be provided in the class.

  • Baker, Paul, Costas Gabrielatos and Tony McEnery (2013): 'Sketching Muslims: a corpus driven analysis of representations around the word ‘Muslim’ in the British press 1998–2009' Applied Linguistics, vol 34, no. 3, pp. 255-278.
  • Gabrielatos, Costas, Tony McEnery, Peter J. Diggle and Paul Baker (2012): “The peaks and troughs of corpus-based contextual analysis.” International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 17(2): 151-175.
  • McEnery, Tony, Mark McGlashan and Robbie Love (2015): “Press and social media reaction to ideologically inspired murder: the case of Lee Rigby.” Discourse and Communication 9(2): 1-23.
  • O'Halloran, Kieran (2013): „A corpus-based deconstructive strategy for critically engaging with arguments.“ Argument and Computation 4(2): 128-150.
Practical arrangements:

Buffet lunch and light refreshments provided.

Travel bursaries of up to £50 available for students from other Universities.


Places are limited. Please register to attend using the booking form.