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2022 workshop of the BAAL Health and Science Communication Special Interest Group: Corpus linguistics, big data and information quality in health and science communication

This one-day event will showcase contemporary corpus-based work in health and science communication, charting new frontiers and innovative methodologies at the interface of corpus linguistics and health and science communication. This workshop event will include invited plenaries, paper presentation and plenty of opportunities for discussion.

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11 November 2022

Important Dates

  • 1st June: Call for abstracts opens
  • 22nd July: Deadline for abstracts
  • 12th August: Final deadline for abstract submissions.
  • 30th September: Confirmation of programme
  • 31st October: Registration closes
  • 11th November: The 2022 workshop

Invited Plenary Speakers

  • Professor Svenja Adolphs (University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Gavin Brookes (Lancaster University)


The organisation, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services produces an incalculably huge volume of data for discourse analysts. Indeed, much of the business of healthcare consists of spoken communication in the form of general practice consultations, hospital wards rounds, and therapeutic dialogues, as well as written traces of these interactions. Outside of conventional healthcare contexts, health and science communication mediated through traditional and digital media has long produced voluminous amounts of data. This has been particularly apparent over the past two years, when the public sphere has been saturated by health communication about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, access to large amounts of health and science communication has never been easier, in turn offering numerous analytical opportunities and challenges for discourse scholars.

Corpus linguistic techniques have been heralded as a means for communication scholars to grapple with such extensive datasets. By analysing large, machine-readable collections of texts (corpora) using specialist software, corpus linguistic methods can enable researchers to systematically interrogate otherwise unmanageable amounts of data.

Papers presented during the workshop will employ corpus linguistic techniques to analyse an array of health and science communication. They will also consider the methodological challenges of using corpora to study health and/or science communication discourse.


This event will be run in person and online. We encourage in-person attendance where possible, which will include lunch, refreshments in breaks and the chance for informal networking. There is a small registration fee, which is primarily used to cover catering and other workshop costs.

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In person registration fees

  • BAAL members (student) – £12
  • Non-members (student) – £17
  • BAAL members (non-student) – £25
  • Non-BAAL members (non-student) – £35

Online registration fees

  • BAAL members (student) – free
  • Non-members (student) – £5
  • BAAL members (non-student) – £8
  • Non-BAAL members (non-student) – £10

BAAL membership is not compulsary for this event but discounts are provided for BAAL members. You can sign up here: Join BAAL – BAAL

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