Did you know that it is possible for you and your colleagues or students to receive customized training in the use of
the corpora, from the person who created them?
Mark Davies, professor
emeritus of linguistics, is the sole creator of most of the
corpora at English-Corpora.org, and he has taught workshops on using the corpora at
universities throughout the world. These include workshops in the United States, Mainland China
(and Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Germany, England, France, Spain,
Greece, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Colombia, and Brazil. This is in addition to
academic presentations that have been based on the corpora, at many universities
throughout the world -- with many of these as an invited "keynote" speaker.
Prof Davies has also taught
that are based on the corpora from English-Corpora.org, including English
grammar, corpus linguistics, empirical
methods in English linguistics, history of American English, and
historical linguistics. For these courses, he has developed many activities that
guide students through the process of using the corpora to look at
frequency, lexical issues (e.g. neologisms and idioms), grammatical
structures and morphology, differences between genres, historical
changes and dialectal variation, semantically-oriented studies (via
word sketches), and much more.
In addition, because Prof Davies is
also the sole
creator of the architecture and interface for the
corpora, he (probably more than anyone else) is aware of ways to maximize
teaching, learning, and
research from the corpora, including "tips and tricks" that others
may not be aware of. And because he has been the sole "technical support" person
for the corpora for more than fifteen years now, he has a great deal of
experience (many thousands of emails and other exchanges) in working with people
who want to know the best way to find certain types of data.
For onsite training at your university, the cost typically includes travel expenses
and a modest honorarium. It is also
possible to do the workshops via Zoom (or similar technology), in which
case the cost is usually calculated per hour of instruction, plus a flat
fee to prepare the content for your specific group.
Please feel free to contact Mark Davies if you are interested (firstname.lastname@example.org),
or if you have questions about how the workshops can be customized to
meet the needs at your university.