The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference

University of Birmingham, UK

24 – 28 July 2017

Call for papers, posters and panels

Submission deadline: 2 January 2017

The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference will take place in the week of 24 – 28 July 2017 at the University of Birmingham, UK.

This is a biennial conference which has been running since 2001 and has been hosted by Lancaster University, the University of Liverpool, and the University of Birmingham. 

At CL2017 we are proud to have the following plenary speakers: 


  • Susan Conrad (Portland State University)
  • Andrew Hardie (Lancaster University)
  • Susan Hunston (University of Birmingham)
  • Christian Mair (University of Freiburg)
  • Dan McIntyre (University of Huddersfield)
  • Mike Scott (Aston University).


Pre-conference workshop

There will a pre-conference workshop day on Monday 24 July. 

The conference

The conference will feature four thematic streams and a general programme, and will run for the four days of 25-28 July 2017. The four thematic streams are:

Stream A: Corpus Methodologies

Critical explorations of existing measures and methods in corpus linguistics

New methods and techniques in corpus development, annotation and analysis

New tools and techniques developed in corpus-based computational linguistics

Advances in quantitative techniques

Stream B: Applications of Corpus Linguistics

Literary linguistics


Translation studies

Forensic linguistics

Uses of corpus methodologies in real-world contexts

Stream C: Discourse, History and Society

The uses of corpora in discourse analysis

Corpus approaches to the study of new media

The uses of corpus approaches in historical linguistics

Uses of corpus approaches in social research

Stream D: Language Learning and Teaching

Learner corpus research

Corpus-based work in language teaching, including LSP and LAP

Corpora in second language acquisition studies

Direct uses of corpus resources or techniques in language learning contexts

Development of learning and teaching materials

General programme

For the general programme, we invite contributions on a broad and inclusive basis.

There are 3 categories of proposals. All proposals will be peer-reviewed by the conference programme committee. In addition to the full proposal, a short summary abstract (up to 100 words) is required for each submission.

Proposal types

Full papers

Consisting of a 20-minute talk followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Submissions should present either complete research, or research in progress where at least some substantial results have been achieved. Work in progress which has yet to produce results can instead be submitted as a poster abstract. We are requesting extended abstracts (750-1500 words, excluding the word count for references), as we do not plan to produce a volume of conference proceedings. The extended abstracts will be published electronically shortly in advance of the conference.


Posters can present either results of completed research or work in progress. Abstracts should be 250-500 words, excluding the word count for references. We especially welcome poster abstracts that (a) report on innovative research that is in its earliest phases, or (b) report on new software or corpus data resources.


Panels during the main conferences offer an opportunity to group related papers together to allow extended discussions. Abstracts of 1500 words (excluding the word count for references) are to be submitted on behalf of all speakers, with an introduction specifying the relationship between the topics before details on individual presentations (including names and affiliations of all speakers) are given. Abstracts are to be submitted by the panel convenor(s). Panels will be allocated 1 hour 40 minutes.

Submission information

We particularly encourage submission of abstracts from early-career researchers, including postgraduate research students and postdoctoral researchers.

To submit a proposal for the main conference, please go to the CL2017 proposal portal on EasyChair ( At your first visit, you will need to register for the conference proposal system, and thereafter you will be able to access the site with your user name and password. Individuals can submit more than one proposal but will be limited to two acceptances. Please note that proposals can be entered into the system at any time before the deadline, but that the proposal remains open for editing at any point up until the deadline of 2 January 2017.

For the pre-conference workshop day you can propose either a half-day or a full-day event. Proposals should be 1500 words for a half-day or 3000 words for a full-day, excluding word count for references. They should also provide details on whether the workshop will need a computer lab or any other technical requirements. Pre-conference proposals should be sent directly to Dr Nicholas Groom via the conference email account:, with a subject line that begins: [cl2017-pcw].

We look forward to welcoming you to Birmingham!

Paul Thompson, on behalf of the organising committee