Category Archives: Research

Language and Covid-19: special issue of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 26:4, 2021

Michaela Mahlberg & Gavin Brookes, editors of IJCL:

“When we circulated the call for papers for this Special Issue in July 2020, we received over 100 proposals. This, we feel, is testament to the applied nature of corpus linguistics, as well as to the innovativeness of our research community to respond rapidly and creatively to the most urgent global challenges of our time.” 

The Covid infodemic: Competition and the hyping of virus research. Ken Hyland and Feng (Kevin) Jiang | pp. 444–468

Stance nouns in COVID-19 related blog posts: A contrastive analysis of blog posts published in The Conversation in Spain and the UK. Niall Curry and Pascual Pérez-Paredes | pp. 469–497

Communicating the unknown: An interdisciplinary annotation study of uncertainty in the coronavirus pandemic. Marcus Müller, Sabine Bartsch, and Jens O. Zinn | pp. 498–531

A discourse dynamics exploration of attitudinal responses towards COVID-19 in academia and media. Jihua Dong, Louisa Buckingham, and Hao Wu | pp. 532–556

Networked discourses of bereavement in online COVID-19 memorials. Mark McGlashan | pp. 557–582

The Coronavirus Corpus: Design, construction, and use. Mark Davies | pp. 583–598

Corpus linguistics and applied linguistics research event: Thanks

We’d like to thank everyone that signed up for our “Corpus linguistics and applied linguistics research online event October 2021“.

Almost 2000 people signed up for the talks ny Dr Phil Durrant, Prof Encarna Hidalgo, Dr Rachelle Vessey and Dr Kris Kyle. Despite time zone differences almost 500 showed up for the live talks. Thank you all.

Special thanks to the fab line up of speakers that took part in this first edition of “Corpus linguistics and applied linguistics research”. This event has been a huge success thanks to their expertise and willingness to spread their research.

Thanks also to the Facultad de Letras and the English Department at Universidad de Murcia for supporting and sponsoring this event.

Recordings will be available soon. Stay tuned for more details.

Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis 3 (ADDA 3)

May 13-15, 2022, St. Petersburg, Florida

Conference website:

Conference themes

Papers are invited from discourse scholars from different traditions focusing on digital discourse and other relevant fields, among others:

Research methods in digital discourse analysis
Theoretical approaches to digital discourse analysis
Critical digital discourse analysis
Micro analysis of digital discourse
Digital genres
Discourse and identities in the digital world
Multimodality and digital discourse
Conflict in digital discourse
Digital discourse and the professions
Digital service encounters
Political discourse in the digital age
Gender and digital media
Digital discourse and journalism
Digital discourse and education
Digital discourse and health
Digital discourse and society
Digital discourse in gaming
Any other relevant topics related to digital discourse

Important dates

Panel proposals deadline October 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance of panels will be sent by November 1, 2021
Individual paper proposals deadline November 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance of individual papers will be sent by Jan 31, 2022

6th Corpora & Discourse International Conference 2022

26-28 August 2022, Bertinoro, Italy

Conference website:
(Twitter: @ConfDisc #cads2022)

Deadline for submission: April 2nd 2022

Notification of acceptance: May 27th 2022

Full CFP here

Corpus & Discourse Conference 2022 is the 6th edition and celebrates the 20th anniversary since the first conference. CADSConf2022 will be held in the Medieval hill town and fort of Bertinoro in Emilia-Romagna, Italy from Friday morning 26 Aug – 28 Aug 2022. The conference is organised by members of the Corpora, Linguistics, Technology (CoLiTec) research centre at Bologna Unviersity’s Department of Interpreting and Translation Studies (DIT), and by the SiBol group.

Corpora and Discourse International Conference showcases research which combine corpus linguistics and discourse analysis in all forms and under all names. This might include work that self-describes as: corpus-assisted discourse studies, corpus-based (critical) discourse studies, corpus-based sociolinguistics, corpus-driven discourse studies, corpus pragmatics, corpus stylistics, corpus-informed discourse studies or corpus & discourse work that does not go under any particular label. Our aim is simply to bring together all researchers who are interested in how discourse/s are structured, patterned or received and who use corpus linguistics in their work.

Conference themes

We encourage different kinds of paper. Please specify in your abstract which you are proposing. Please send your abstract in Word format without personal identification and with covering letter to our e-mail: Call for papers closes on April 2nd 2022. Notification of acceptance by May 27th.

Research papers

We invite papers which include corpus approaches to:

discourse organisation, including cohesion and coherence, lexical priming
scientific, technological and medical discourse
discourses of political institutions, political and media interaction
new media, social media, hybrid text types
academic and educational discourses
studies of historical documents
discourse analyses of socially important issues
language ideology and /or policy
discourse/s and identity
translation studies
stylistics and literary studies
discourse/s in language acquisition and language teaching
discourse/s in languages for specialised purposes
investigations of non-literal language in discourse (e.g. metaphor, metonymy, irony)
comparative studies of different discourse/s and discourse types
comparative studies of discourse/s and/or language change over different periods of time
investigations of cultural and cross-cultural topics

Position papers

We also welcome papers which include reflective considerations on theoretical-methodological issues. These might include discussion of questions such as:

How is the combination of corpus methodologies and discourse analysis developing?
What are the potential future directions of corpus and discourse analysis?
What counts as best practice and are there any practices best avoided?
How can we increase our awareness and reflexivity as researchers in this field?
What forms can triangulation in corpus and discourse take?
Searching for similarities; searching for absences from a corpus.
What new software may be of particular relevance to the area?
What challenges do particular forms of corpus and discourse face? (e.g. analysis of social media, hybrid media, responsive analysis of fast-moving topics, analysis of historical discourse/s etc.)
What can a corpus and discourse approach do with big data that was not collected/designed for corpus work?
Pure’ research, applied research, and committed (or ‘caring’) research into discourse using corpora. How are they defined? What are their relative merits? Are they always compatible?

Research posters

For work-in-progress, projects in the early stages of development or descriptions of new corpora, we encourage poster presentations.

CFPM Digital genres and Open Science

International Conference, 26-27 May, 2022. University of Zaragoza (Spain)


Submissions on all aspects of digital genres for science communication are welcomed, but contributions addressing the theme of digital genres and Open Science are particularly encouraged. This includes, but is not limited to, papers addressing issues such as:​

  1. Theories and methods for the study of digital genres for Open Science 
  2. Discourse and multimodal studies of digital genres for research communication
  3. Digital genres for scientific knowledge dissemination and public engagement
  4. Processes of recontextualization and generic hybridization in science communication online
  5. Open Science practices, Open Access publishing and open peer review
  6. Studies on perceptions towards Open Science practices
  7. Digital literacies, Languages for Academic Purposes and pedagogies for professional development

Important dates

Deadline for abstracts: January 30th, 2022

Notification of acceptance: February 20th, 2022

Early registration: No later than March 30th, 2022

Deadline for standard registration: May 16th, 2022