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Research using the ELC Corpus



  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2015) The Pragmatic Annotation of the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Invited speaker: Oxford Brookes Language & Discourse research group. Oxford Brookes University, UK. 18/11/15.
  • Nesi, H. and Alsop, S. (2015) Teaching in a time of change. BALEAP 2015: EAP in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Issues, Challenges and Solutions. Leicester, UK. 17-19/04/2015.
  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2014) The pragmatic annotation of a corpus of academic lectures. The 9th edition of the Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC). Reykjavik, Iceland.  26-31/05/14.
  • Alsop, S., Nesi, H., and Priestley, J. (2014). The Engineering Lecture Corpus: Visualising cross-cultural difference in discourse function. ICAME 35: Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture. Nottingham, UK. 30/04-04/05/14
  • Alsop, S. (2014) The pragmatic annotation of a corpus of academic lectures. Invited speaker: Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages. University of Oslo, Norway. 27/03/14.
  • Alsop, S. (2013) Storytelling in Engineering Lectures: A lexical analysis. 13th International Pragmatics Conference (IPRA). New Delhi, India. 08-13/09/13.
  • Alsop, S. (2013) The ‘humour’ element in Engineering Lectures: An analysis of one category of pragmatic annotation. ICAME 34: English Corpus Linguistics on the Move: Applications and Implications. Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 22-26/05/13.
  • Alsop, S. (2012) The storytelling function of university Engineering lectures: A cross-cultural perspective. 23rd European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop (ESFLCW 2012). Centro Universitario Residenziale di Bertinoro, Italy. 09/07-11/07/12.
  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2012). The summary element in Engineering lectures: An analysis of one category of pragmatic mark-up. Corpus Linguistics in the South 3, Teaching and learning with corpora. Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. 23/06/12.
  • Alsop, S. and Nesi, H. (2012). Annotating a corpus of spoken English: The Engineering Lecture Corpus. GSCP2012: Speech and Corpora. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 29/02-03/03/12.
  • Alsop, S. (2011) Functions of the lecture: 'Pragmatic' annotation of the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference (ILinC). Queens University, Belfast, Ireland. 14/10-15/10/11.
  • Alsop, S. (2011) Telling tales in the classroom: The use of story in English-medium Engineering lectures across cultures. University of Birmingham TEFL forum: Linking Lives and Classrooms for Language Teaching and Learning. University of Birmingham, UK. 25/11/2011.
  • Alsop, S. (2011) Working across cultures? The Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Warwick International Postgraduate Conference. Coventry, UK. 29/06/2011.
  • Alsop, S. (2011) The story element in engineering lectures: An analysis of one category of pragmatic mark-up. ICAME 32: Trends and Traditions in English Corpus Linguistics. In Honour of Stig Johansson. Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania, Oslo, Norway. 01-05/06/2011.
  • Alsop, S. (2011) The Role of Summary in Lecture Discourse. BALEAP Research Training Event. Portsmouth, UK. 11/04/2011.
  • Nesi, H. and Ahmad, U. (2009) 'Pragmatic Annotation in an International Corpus of Engineering Lectures'. American Association for Corpus Linguistics Conference. held 8-11/10/09 at University of Alberta, Canada.