Professor David Crystal gave a talk on 'The influence of the internet on language'.
Known as 'the public face' of Linguistics in the UK, Professor Crystal is a prolific writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster.
For more detail on the event please see the related media release
Abstract: "This presentation will be about the Sketch Engine: a Corpus Query System designed for anyone wanting to research how words behave. The Sketch Engine has a range of advanced functions suitable for detailed analysis of languages, and these will be demonstrated in the presentation. One of most popular functions in the Sketch Engine is the Word Sketch, a tool which creates one-page, automatic, corpus-derived summaries of a word's grammatical and collocational behaviour. The Sketch Engine is in daily use for lexicography at Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Collins, Macmillan among others. It is also in use for teaching and research at universities and research laboratories around the world and contains 200+ corpora in 60+ languages. This presentation will discuss the importance of corpora in language study, and also how simple using corpora can be. The Sketch Engine's motto is 'Corpora for all'."
Professor Tony Green
Director and Professor in Language Assessment
University of Bedfordshire
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