The first workshop was from Dr Bodo Winter, introducing the basics of 'R', a corpus analysis software. After hearing so much about the capabilities of 'R' from Bodo in our dissertation supervision sessions, I was eager to find out more about this software. 'R' is very useful for linguists to run statistical tests; T-test, chi-square, and ANOVA, among others. Between assisting other participants to navigate their way around the 'R' interface, under Bodo's instruction, I discovered coding could be a lot more fun than I thought!
The week followed with explorations of other corpus software, including CPQweb and WordSmith. Some of the programs I was already familiar with: ELAN, which I had used to annotate audio videos of teacher-student interactions as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholarship (UGRS); and the
The week of learning and academic discussion was made sweeter with regular coffee breaks (familiar to all academics, I'm sure) and the Corpus Linguistics Summer School barbecue! These breaks offered everyone an opportunity to network, resulting in numerous stimulating discussions with a multicultural group of people. For those academics, or budding academics like myself, interested in corpus linguistics or looking for another way to analyse a larger dataset, I would definitely recommend this Summer School for a wealth of inspiration and instruction.
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