IVACS Visiting Researcher from University of Duisburg-Essen

Kathrin Luckmann de Lopez, based at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, has been awarded a short-term research scholarship for PhD candidates (Forschungsstipendium fuer Doktoranden) from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to conduct research into the Limerick Corpus of Irish English (LCIE), at the IVACS Research Centre. Her project is an inter-varietal corpus-based study of clause-final pragmatic markers. She is interested in if and how final markers such as like, man, but, now, so, etc. may be used with different frequencies and fulfil different pragmatic functions in English English, Irish English and Scottish English. Using the IVACS corpus, the Limerick Corpus of Irish English will help her gain a better understanding of context-specific uses of these markers. LCIE is a one-million word collection of spoken Irish English, mostly containing casual conversations and thus providing a rich resource for the study of real spoken Irish English in casual conversations. Kathrin …

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Conference Announcement – First Call for Papers

The Seventh Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Conference Corpus Linguistics: Past, Present and Future? - Newcastle University, UK (June 19 – 21, 2014) Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Michael McCarthy, University of Nottingham Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham Brona Murphy, University of Edinburgh Dawn Knight, Newcastle University Tony McEnery, Lancaster University Andrew Wilson, Lancaster University

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IVACS Visiting Researcher –Teresa Jenke

German postgraduate student, Teresa Jenke, based at the University of Jena, has been awarded a DAAD scholarship to work within the IVACS research centre at Mary Immaculate College. This will allow her access to the Limerick Corpus of Irish English. Her thesis will focus on Discourse Markers in Irish English. Teresa had already spent her Erasmus year at MIC. Commenting on her award, she said, “After having spent an Erasmus year in Limerick in 2009/10, I am looking forward to return to MIC to write my thesis on Irish English. It is a great chance to work within the IVACS research centre in order to gain skills in Corpus Linguistics and to have access to the Limerick Corpus of Irish English.”

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IVACS Research Centre Sixth Biennial International Conference hosted by Leeds Metropolitan University

IVACS Research Centre held its sixth biennial international conference at Leeds Metropolitan University, June 21st and 22nd, 2012. The two-day conference was organised by Dr Ivor Timmis, Leeds Metropolitan University.  In all, over 55 papers were presented at the two-day event. In her opening address, Prof. Susan Price, Vice-Chancellor Leeds Metropolitan University, commented on the truly international dimension to the conference, with speakers from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Finland, Spain, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Saudi Arabia,  the United Arab Eremites, the United States and Hong Kong.

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Cambridge University Hosts 2012 IVACS Symposium

The 2012 IVACS Annual Symposium was hosted by the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge, 13th January, 2012, , with papers presented by IVACS researchers from Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, Leeds Metropolitan University, University of Leeds and University of Cambridge.

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