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Announcement CILC9

Université Paris Diderot (Sorbonne Paris Cité)
May 31st to June 2nd, 2017


9th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics

 CILC2017 - Paris


 AELINCO will be holding the 9th annual International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC9) in France next year, at the Université Paris Diderot (Sorbonne Paris Cité) on May 31st to June 2nd, 2017. The decision to hold the 2017 conference in France confirms the Association’s intention to make this a truly international event.

 When it was first founded, the Université Paris Diderot was deliberately designed to cover all of human knowledge, including Medicine, the Humanities, and Science. The Paris Diderot campus is situated in a strategic position in the city, close to the French National Library (Bibliothèque  François Mitterrand.) The university’s 26 000 students – of whom 7 000 come from abroad –  have access to an unparalleled cultural, scientific and intellectual environment, all within easy reach of the capital’s transport network (Metro, Tramway, Train and Bus), as well as hotels and restaurants.

 The hosts for the 2017 conference (the research team CLILLAC-ARP and the department UFR EILA) have over 15 years experience in corpus linguistics, including the construction of many comparable corpora across a large variety of specialist domains, in English, French and other  languages for the purposes of discourse analysis, terminology and phraseology, as well for research on language learning and translation theory, but also for the applied purposes of training professional translators and technical writers. These interests explain why ‘Phraseology in Specialised Corpora’ has been chosen as an inclusive theme for the 9th conference. The particular approach to corpus linguistics that was developed by British functionalists such as Firth (1957), Halliday (1985) and Sinclair (1991) is entirely adapted to the analysis of languages for specific purposes. The key aspect in this approach is the ‘idiom principle’, which maintains that language use is largely made up of prefabricated chunks which cannot be observed systematically without using statistical tools. It is because of this that notions such as collocation, semantic preference, colligation and semantic prosody have gained such wide currency, and it is thanks to this approach that the statistical analysis of phraseological phenomena (the regular patterns which underlie different text types) has become so central to the analysis of specialised language.