Birmingham Interdisciplinary Research Discourse Seminar (BIRDS)


Centre for Corpus Research, University of Birmingham
29 June 2015

The final Birmingham Interdisciplinary Research Discourse Seminar (BIRDS) was held at the University of Birmingham on 29th June 2015. This seminar built upon on the discussions from the interim seminar, held on 22nd September 2014, and presented the findings of the two-year ESRC funded project [ES/K007300/1] ‘Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse: the case of Global Environmental Change’.

The seminar presented the results of our analyses of the linguistic features of research articles published in monodisciplinary and interdisciplinary journals, as well as our investigations of how interdisciplinary discourse is perceived by editors, reviewers and researchers.

The seminar was attended by:

  • representatives of UK research councils;
  • representatives of publishers of academic research;
  • managers of interdisciplinary research within academia and in commercial research centres;
  • researchers in interdisciplinary fields; and
  • teachers and researchers in the field of Study Skills and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

Attendance was by invitation.

Provisional programme:

10.30 – 11.00Registration and refreshments

11.00 – 13.00 Presentations:
Citation analysis Survey results Topic modelling analysis
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.15 Multi-dimensional analysis of 11 academic journals
15.15 – 15.30 Coffee Break
15.30 – 16.30 Phraseological profile of articles in Global Environmental Change
16.30 – 17.00 Discussion: future plans and applications


The Nicolson Building at Winterbourne House,
58 Edgbaston Park Road,
B15 2RT


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