The Centre for Corpus Research supports the use of corpus analysis in research, teaching and learning. A particular strength at Birmingham is corpus research at the interfaces between discourse analysis, literary linguistics and language learning and teaching. The Centre offers access to resources and facilities, it runs training workshops, and organises seminars and conferences on a variety of topics in corpus linguistics and its applications.
The University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of corpus linguistics, with the development of major corpora since the 1970s, including the 17 million word Birmingham Collection of English Text, developed in the 1980s, and the Bank of English, in the 1990s. Under the direction of John Sinclair, Birmingham hosted the Cobuild project, and developed corpus lexicography in the 1980s. Read more at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/corpus/index.aspx.
The Centre for Corpus Research was a founding member of the CLARIN-UK consortium in 2015.