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Corpora Galore!

Back in May, Enroller was fortunate enough to have been invited to speak at the Corpora Galore event held by DECTE (The Diachronic Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English) at Newcastle University. Our project, as you’ll know from previous posts, shares very close links with DECTE, as the Newcastle corpus is one of the data sets incorporated in Enroller (currently, you can search NECTE within Enroller; DECTE will be coming very shortly…). So we were delighted to to visit our colleagues once again and to take the opportunity to talk to the community about our own recent developments in Glasgow!

It goes without saying that Corpora Galore was a fantastic event, seeing presentations from a whole host of researchers within corpus linguistics, including:

Lisa-Lena Opas-Hänninen (University of Oulu, Finland)

Bas Aarts (UCL)

Wendy Anderson (University of Glasgow)

Sjef Barbiers (Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences)

Isabelle Buchstaller, Karen Corrigan, Adam Mearns & Hermann Moisl (Newcastle University)

John Kirk (Queen’s University Belfast)

Bróna Murphy (University of Edinburgh)

Florence Myles (Newcastle University)

Steve Walsh (Newcastle University)

To this pot Enroller threw its own presentation – myself, Johanna Green, and Andrew Struan (University of Glasgow) joined forces on behalf of Enroller and the Parliamentary Discourse (ParlDisc) projects to update those familiar with our research on the recent developments and to introduce our aims to those who may be new to our work.

Our joint presentation provided the perfect forum to speak about Parliamentary Discourse which is one of our newly-funded JISC projects, and will be running until November at Glasgow. Dr Andrew Struan is the project’s historian, and he took the opportunity to publicise their research at Newcastle. Andrew says:

The Parliamentary Discourse project, which uses Enroller’s multidisciplinary digital humanities approach, aims to analyse the 2.3 billion words in Hansard(the records of all parliamentary debates from 1803 to 2005) and semantically tag them, using the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary (HTOED), in order to allow researchers and students to see for the first time the linguistic and historical changes present in the language of our political classes over the past two hundred years

As the full title of the event was Corpora Galore: Applications of Digital Corpora in Higher Education Contexts it also allowed us to advertise the work ParlDisc is doing as part of their additional HEA project. Andrew explains:

The Parliamentary Discourse project also ties-in with a HEA History Subject Centre funded project, ‘The Language and Sentiments of their Times’, which introduces students of history to the importance of the study of language and word choice in historical documents by using the Enroller platform as a portal through which to engage with other primary source materials*

So Corpora Galore really was an excellent place for us to talk about Enroller, ParlDisc and the HEA project all at the same time, discuss projects that make use of corpora in order to facilitate new work in fields of study beyond English language and which aim to bring new dimensions to historical research. It also let us present the benefits of the Enroller platform and gave us the chance to use the Parliamentary Discourseproject to showcase the potential applications of such a resource (Enroller) in Higher Education contexts.

Enjoyed this blog? Why not find out more about ParlDisc by following them on Twitter (@ParlDisc) or even by reading more detailed updates of the project via their own blog? (https://parldisc.jiscinvolve.org/wp/) You’ll be hearing more about the project from us as things develop and when they become one of Enroller’s data sets later this summer!

*The HEA subject centre funded project ‘The Language and Sentiments of their Times’ is currently underway and led by Marc Alexander and Andrew Struan at the University of Glasgow.