Summer schools

Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics – this year in an online format!

Lancaster Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics are held annually during the summer at Lancaster University. Taking part in the summer schools offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about corpus linguistics from leading scholars in the field and meet many other participants working on exciting projects and topics. Lancaster summer schools are a truly international event, each year welcoming participants from over 30 countries in the world. While the participants come to Lancaster to learn about corpus linguistics, the summer schools are also a place for developing new academic collaborations and building new friendships. 

We will unfortunately not be able to hold our annual Summer Schools in Corpus Linguistics in Lancaster in June 2021 as planned. Instead, the summer schools will take place in an online format. The programme includes both lectures and practical sessions that introduce the latest developments in the field and practical applications of cutting-edge analytical techniques. The summer schools are taught by leading experts in the field from Lancaster University. The summer schools are intended primarily for postgraduate research students but applications from Masters-level students, postdoctoral researchers, senior researchers, and others will also be considered. The summer schools are free to attend.

This year, Lancaster university is pleased to offer two free training events that cover the techniques of corpus linguistics and their application in different areas. [Please note that the summer school in Statistics and data visualisation for corpus linguistics will not be offered this year; it will run again in 2022]. 

If you are interested in studying corpus linguistics at Lancaster University, you can also consider different ways of joining us such as our MOOC in Corpus Linguistics, and our two distance postgraduate programmes, MA in Corpus Linguistics (a two-year programme) and Postgraduate Certificate in Corpus Linguistics (a one-year programme), both delivered fully online. You can also check the various online resources we have put together for those interested in learning more about different methods and applications of corpus linguistics. 

Dates: 21-25 June 2021

Venue: Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK (delivered online, via Microsoft Teams)

Application:   The application process for the summer schools has now been closed due to a large number of applications on a waiting list. 

Organising committee: Dr Dana Gablasova (Chair), Dr Luke Collins, Rachael McCarthy

For further details, click through to each Summer School’s full description. Queries about the summer schools can be directed to the Summer School administrator, Rachael McCarthy (

When tweeting about the event, please use: #LancsSS21

The summer schools takes place under the aegis of The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), which is the recipient of The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. CASS is investigating the use of language related to important social topics such as healthcare, climate change, poverty, hate crime, education and language learning.