Save the date!

We are delighted to announce the dates and venue for the tenth Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) International Conference. Next year’s conference will be held in Limerick on the 25th and 26th of June, 2020. It will mark 20 years of the IVACS research centre and network so it will be a
special occasion for us and we hope you can join us.

A Call for Papers will follow in the coming months. Follow @IVACS2020 on Twitter or use the hashtag #IVACS2020 to explore the latest conference news and to connect with fellow researchers.

Conference: The 10th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies International Conference

Conference theme: TBC

Location: Limerick

Dates: 25–26 June 2020

CfP: Coming soon!

IVACS Symposium 2019 Programme

The IVACS Symposium 2019 Programme is now available to download. 

This year’s event features speakers from TU Dortmund, Leeds Beckett University, Linnaeus University, Cardiff University, Mary Immaculate College, Universität Zürich, Cambridge University, Free University of Bolzano, Universität Osnabrück, Universität Paderborn, Leiden University & INALCO-Sorbonne Paris.

The Symposium will be held in TU Dortmund on the 29th of March, 2019. Please register via the TU Dortmund registration form. Information on accommodation and travel can also be found on our website here.

For all the latest conference news, follow us on Twitter at @IVACS2019.

IVACS One-Day Symposium 2019 Registration

The Annual IVACS One-Day Symposium will this year be hosted by the Institute of British and American Studies at TU Dortmund University. This edition’s main theme is ‘Corpus Linguistics and the Classroom‘.


Those wishing to attend the symposium are kindly asked to register here.

Please note: An informal pre-symposium get-together (dinner and drinks) is proposed for the night before (28th of March) in Dortmund (venue to be announced later). You can register for the get-together using the link above.

For further registration information, please visit:

Please see here for the Call for Papers.

Please see here for Travel Information.

Follow @IVACS2019 on Twitter for the latest news!

Header image: Holger H. [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

IVACS One-Day Symposium 2019

The Annual IVACS One-Day Symposium, which will be hosted by the Institute of British and American Studies, Dortmund University, will be held on the 29th March, 2019. The venue for the symposium is the IBZ Conference Centre in the University of Dortmund.

This edition’s main theme is ‘Corpus Linguistics and the Classroom’, including:

  • Data-driven learning in the language classroom
  • Corpus linguistics and insights for language teaching
  • The use of corpus linguistics in the literature classroom
  • The use of corpus linguistics in the study of histories, cultures and literacies
  • Corpus linguistics and intercultural communicative competence
  • Corpus Linguistics in the context of CLIL
  • Corpus linguistics in the context of English as a Lingua Franca
  • Corpus linguistics in the context of the educational accommodation of recent immigrants
  • Corpus linguistics and translation
  • The use of corpora in the teaching of language varieties
  • Non-native speaker corpora
  • Learner corpus research
  • Learner assessment corpora
  • Corpora of academic speaking and writing
  • Corpora of minority languages and norms for teaching

Abstracts should not exceed 300 words (excluding references). 
The deadline for receipt of abstracts is the 23rd of November 2018.

Outcome of CfP: December 14th, 2018.

Abstracts should be sent by email, as MS Word documents to: 

Convenors are Kieran Harrington and Patricia Ronan.

Please note that there are direct flights from London Stansted and London Luton into Dortmund Airport with Ryanair and Easy Jet, and there are flights from various English, Irish and other European airports into Dusseldorf International Airport, which is only an hour away by train from a direct stop in Dortmund University.

NEW! Click on the following link for detailed transport information: Travel Transport and Accommodation for IVACS Dortmund 2019.

Download the Call for Papers and follow @IVACS2019 on Twitter for all the latest IVACS news.

Winner of the IVACS Travel Grant 2018 Announced

The IVACS 2018 Organising Committee are pleased to announce that the winner of the IVACS 2018 Travel Grant is Mathew Gillings!

Mathew is a researcher and associate lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Faculty of Arts, in Lancaster University, and will present his paper ‘Using corpus linguistic methods to uncover verbal cues to deception’ at the 9th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies Conference in the University of Malta next month (13–15 June 2018). 

The theme of this year’s IVACS conference is “Corpus Linguistics: Language, Communities & Mobility” and is intended to reflect a deeper awareness of the central role played by languages and language varieties in our increasingly fluid societies. Through the use of corpus linguistics, the conference will draw on the diverse fields of study that can contribute to understanding the issues and concerns, as well as advantages and richness, that are found as communities experience increasing mobility.

We congratulate Mathew on his excellent abstract for this year’s conference, which can be accessed below.