Diachronic Corpora, Genre, and Language Change



8-9 April 2016


To be confirmed


University Park


Various, see Conference Rates below

Online Registration




Keynote speakers

The following have kindly agreed to give plenary lectures:

  • Eric Atwell (The University of Leeds)
  • Thomas Gloning (The University of Gießen)
  • Bethany Gray (Iowa State University)
  • Irma Taavitsainen (The University of Helsinki)


Scientific Committee:

  • Dawn Archer (The University of Central Lancashire),
  • David Denison (The University of Manchester),
  • Martin Durrell (The University of Manchester),
  • Susan Fitzmaurice (The University of Sheffield),
  • William Kretzschmar (The University of Georgia / The University of Glasgow),
  • Mark Richard Lauersdorf (The University of Kentucky),
  • Anke Lüdeling (Humboldt University, Berlin),
  • Tony McEnery (The University of Lancaster),
  • Terttu Nevalainen (The University of Helsinki)

Is this for you?

The emergence of diachronic corpus linguistics in the last two decades has allowed us unprecedented access to data in the study of past stages of language and language change. Major areas of interest that have emerged in this field include the study of genre (broadly conceived) as a major factor affecting language variation and change, as well as the notion of genre as a locus of change. In addition, there has been great interest in how specific genres have (or have not) changed over time.

This international conference will bring together scholars examining the role of genre in language change, and the use of diachronic corpora to study such developments in any language.

Call for Papers

Presentation slots will be for 30 minutes (20 minute talk + 10 minute discussion).

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words (excluding references) to the conference organiser, Richard (Jason) Whitt.

Topics of presentations include but are not limited to:

  • The use of multi-genre diachronic corpora to study phenomena of language change (including recent change)
  • The use of single-genre diachronic corpora to study change within a certain genre (including recent change)
  • The use of computational and statistical methods as applied to the analysis of data from multi- and single-genre diachronic corpora
  • Project reports of multi- and single-genre diachronic corpora currently in development

The language of the conference is English, although papers can focus on any natural language.

The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2015.

Conference essentials

Programme (provisional)


Conference Rates

Full Registration:

  • £100 (Full Conferences Registration, includes on-campus accommodation (Friday (8/4) and Saturday (9/4) nights) and includes all Friday meals (incl. conference banquet) and breakfast/lunch on Saturday, April 9.)
  • £80 (Full Conference Registration, student discount)

Day Rate:

  • £30 (Conference day rate, registration for either Friday (8/4) or Saturday (9/4), includes lunch + tea/coffee)
  • £15 (Conference day rate, student discount)
  • £20 (Conference banquet on Friday, April 8 -- only for those who register at the day rate)


  • £25 (additional accommodation for Thursday (7/4) and/or Sunday (10/4) nights, in case you come early and/or stay for the excursion; cost is per night in on-campus accommodation)
  • £30 (Excursion to Chatsworth House on Sunday, 10/4, minimum 15 required)

Registration will open in late 2015 or early 2016.





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