The linguistic challenges of the transition from primary to secondary school (ESRC)


The University of Leeds and Lancaster University’s ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) are working together to investigate the language barriers encountered by pupils in England as they progress from primary to secondary school.

Project team: Alice Deignan, Elena Semino, Michael Inglis, Gary Chambers, Vaclav Brezina, Robbie Love, Niall Curry, Constant Leung, Marcus Jones






Updating AntConc for spoken and educational language data (JSPS)


I have been awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. In November 2018 I will visit Waseda University in Tokyo for a month to work on a short-term research project with Professor Laurence Anthony. Together we aim to create an update for the corpus linguistics software AntConc which will make the tool more compatible for spoken and educational language data, benefitting linguists and language education researchers worldwide.

Project team: Robbie Love, Laurence Anthony






The Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (ESRC, CUP)


Lancaster University’s ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) and Cambridge University Press worked together to build a new version of the spoken component of the British National Corpus, sampled from the mid-2010s.

Project team: Tony McEnery, Claire Dembry, Andrew Hardie, Vaclav Brezina, Robbie Love

Visit the BNC2014 project website for more information about the project, including access to the corpus.

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