University of Nottingham Ningbo China
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A Day in the Life of Your Language

16 May 2013 (18:00)

The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, China (CRALC) are pleased to invite you to the following lecture by Svenja Adolphs from the University of Nottingham, UK.

About the talk

The focus of this lecture is on patterns in everyday language use. I will look at some key approaches that are devoted to the insights and understandings offered by work on large collections of language (also known as 'corpora') showing how they can reveal patterns of language use and arguing that this has important implications for the study of human communication and for the field of applied linguistics as a whole. Examples of language patterning discussed during the lecture will draw mainly on spoken discourse and e-Language, and will highlight the relationship between language and gesture, language and location, and language and time.

Speaker biography

Svenja Adolphs is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests are in corpus linguistics and discourse analysis and she has published widely in these areas. Recent books include Introducing Electronic Text Analysis (Routledge, 2006), Corpus and Context: Investigating pragmatic functions in spoken discourse (Benjamins, 2008), Introducing Pragmatics in Use (with O'Keeffe and Clancy, Routledge, 2011) and Spoken Corpus Linguistics: from monomodal to multimodal (with Carter, Routledge 2013). She has a particular interest in the complex relationship between language-in-use, gesture, prosody, and context, and in interdisciplinary applications of corpus-based language description.