8th Biennial IVACS Conference – June 2016 – Call for Papers

The 8th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) International Conference 2016

 Theme: Corpora and Context

 Bath Spa University, UK

June 16 – 17, 2016

 Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Ivor Timmis, Leeds Beckett University

Alison Sealey, Lancaster University

Call for papers: The aim of the conference is to continue the success of the previous seven IVACS conferences held at the Universities of Limerick (2002, 2008), Belfast, (2004), and Nottingham (2006), Edinburgh (2010), Leeds (2012) and Newcastle (2014).

The theme of the conference is corpora and context and is intended to draw our attention to the important role context plays in language variation. We are particularly interested in papers which draw on applied corpus research in the following areas, though these are in no way exclusive:

  • Corpus Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (data-driven learning; learner corpora; testing; teacher education; non-native speakers of English/English as an International Language (EIL)/English as a Lingua Franca (ELF).
  • Corpus Linguistics and Analysing Discourse (using CL in conjunction with other methodologies, e.g. Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis; using CL to look at language in specific contexts, e.g. Media Discourse, Classroom Discourse, Workplace Discourse, Academic Discourse).
  • Corpus Linguistics and Literature (including Corpus Stylistics; CL and Translation Studies).
  • Corpus Linguistics and Forensic Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics
  • Corpus Linguistics and Speech Technology
  • Corpus Linguistics and Sociolinguistics

Papers focusing on languages other than English, and non-native varieties of English are particularly welcome.

Deadline for receipt of abstracts:  5th February 2016

Abstract requirements:

Individual papers have 25 minutes: 20 for the presentation, 5 for questions.

Please format your abstract in the following way:

  • Abstracts must written in Times New Roman 12 (do not use all caps, no bold print)
    • Text should be 200 words maximum (including references, if any)
    • Do not use any special fonts, such as bold print or caps (italics fine)
    • Do NOT add tables, photos, or diagrams to your abstract
    • Do NOT indent your paragraphs, leave one space between paragraphs instead
  • Abstracts can be submitted via email. Please send your abstract to the following address: IVACS2016@bathspa.ac.uk


Registration for this conference is not currently live. Please check the site again at a later date for more information on how to register. We promise, however, a memorable social programme which will include our conference dinner at one of Bath’s historic venues.

IVACS EU Travel Grant

We are very pleased to announce a £500 travel grant on offer for a first time IVACS presenter from the EU. Interested applicants should include a 100 word paragraph with their abstract outlining why they think attending the IVACS conference is important for their work. Closing date for applications for the travel grant is 5th February 2016.


The conference will be held at Bath Spa University’s Newton Park campus, unfortunately there will be no accommodation available on campus for this conference. Links to accommodation available locally will be on the conference website by October 2015. You are advised to book your accommodation well in advance as Bath is a very popular tourist destination in summer.

Further information:

Further information about the conference, click here.

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