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Using Quantitative Methods in Pragmatics Research

Using Quantitative Methods in Pragmatics Research

12-14 July 2017, University of East Anglia

Registration for this training course is now closed

Pragmatics considers the role of context in the analysis of language, and making observations about language use naturally lends itself to qualitative analysis. Quantitative approaches are less common, despite the fact that richer and more substantive generalisations about language use can be made when they are supported by, for example, frequencies of use or rating judgements from language users.

This workshop provides researchers with an opportunity to:

  • develop an understanding of the benefits of quantitative methods in pragmatics research;
  • build a toolkit of methods that are applicable to specific research questions in pragmatics;
  • gain hands-on experience of conducting statistical tests that are applicable to relevant methods

Running over two and a half days (beginning 11:00 on 12 July), the sessions are coordinated by Dr Chi-Hé Elder (University of East Anglia) and Dr Eleni Kapogianni (University of Kent), and will include sessions on corpus pragmatics, questionnaires and reaction times, delivered by Prof Luna Filipovic (University of East Anglia), Dr Christina Kim (University of Kent) and Dr Charlotte Taylor (University of Sussex).

There are 7 accommodation bursaries available to students based at distance from UEA. They will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Funding for this event is generously provided by Eastern ARC and the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE).

Application Process

Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis through the online booking form and must be received by 16 June 2017 at 12:00. Participants will need to confirm their attendance at least one week before the workshop to allow place for any applicants on a reserve list.  Confirmation of a place and further information on the workshop will be circulated by 23 June 2017.

Terms and Conditions

The workshop is funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) Cohort Development Fund and Eastern ARC and is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments are also provided during the day. Research students may wish to claim travel expenses through their institution or funding body where such provision is made.

Accommodation is not provided, but participants can book rooms individually through Broadview Lodge at the University of East Anglia: or check availability of alternatives through the Visit Norwich website:

For further information, please contact Dr Matthew Sillence (University of East Anglia) at  or +44(0)1603 591929.