Exciting news: The ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) – which is part of the Heritage Language Consortium – will be running its renowned MOOC on “Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation” for the sixth time, and we are thrilled to announce that, for the first time, the MOOC will have Portuguese language subtitles.

The MOOC has been extremely successful – over 35,000 participants have completed this free course, which has been updated with new content every year. (In fact, some participants have taken the course more than once and are happy to return to see what’s new.) The MOOC represents a unique opportunity to get a quick overview of Corpus Linguistics. This understanding can then be deepened later in the academic year when Lancaster University organizes its annual (and free) Summer School in Corpus Linguistics.

For more information on the MOOC, including how to register, please see the bottom of this message. The MOOC starts this Monday, September 17, so register soon!

Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation– now with new content

Prof. Tony McEneryand Dr. Vaclav Brezina, Lancaster University, UK

Would you like to learn how to analyse large amounts of language data using computer tools? Would you like to learn about the technology which is used in the production of all major dictionaries and grammar books of English? Are you interested in discourse analysis? If so, register for freeat


The language of the course is English; subtitles and transcripts for main lectures and practical exercises available in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese.

The free online course starts on 17 September 2018and runs for 8 weeks. There is no commitment: you can do as much or as little as you like.

The course offers a practical introduction to corpus linguistics, an extremely versatile methodology of language analysis using computers. Over eight weeks, course participants will be equipped with skills necessary for collecting and analysing large digital collections of text (corpora) and introduced to a number of topics demonstrating the use of corpora in areas as diverse as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and language learning and teaching.

The course covers the following areas and corpus techniques:

Week 1: Introduction to corpus linguistics and basic techniques: concordancing

Week 2: Further corpus techniques: collocation and keywords

Week 3: Corpus-based discourse analysis

Week 4: Building a corpus: tagging and processing data

Week 5: Sociolinguistics: analysing BNC1994 and BNC2014

Week 6: Textbook and dictionary construction

Week 7: Language learning and corpus linguistics

Week 8: Swearing extravaganza: looking at language and society