Birmingham Interdisciplinary Research Discourse Seminar


Centre for Corpus Research, University of Birmingham
29 June 2015

We are pleased to announce the final Birmingham Interdisciplinary Research Discourse Seminar (BIRDS) which will be held at the University of Birmingham on 29th June 2015. This seminar builds upon on the discussions from the interim seminar, held on 22nd September 2014, and presents the findings of the two-year ESRC funded project [ES/K007300/1] ‘Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse: the case of Global Environmental Change’.

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

These findings will be of special interest to:

  • the UK research councils who advise on and implement government policy in relation to research funding;
  • people involved in the publication of interdisciplinary research output, directly and indirectly;
  • those involved in conducting or managing interdisciplinary research within academia and in commercial research centres; and
  • teachers of Study Skills and English for Academic Purposes (EAP).

The seminar will be held from 10.00 to 4.30 on 29th June 2015 at the Nicolson Building at Winterbourne House, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2RT. The attendance is by invitation only and the travel expenses, up to one hundred pounds per person, and the seminar costs are free to invited participants. However, if you belong to any of the above listed interest groups and would like to attend the seminar, please let us know.


Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS)


Paul Thompson was an invited plenary speaker at the launch event of the Corpus Linguistics in Scotland (CLiS) Network which took place on Friday, January 23rd 2015 at Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh from 2.30-5.30pm. Paul’s talk was entitled ‘Writing between disciplines: corpus approaches to interdisciplinary research discourse’ and he provided an overview of the project and our latest analyses.


September Seminar

It is a great pleasure to announce this seminar exploring the nature of Interdisciplinary Research Discourse, to be held at the University of Birmingham on 22nd September 2014. This is the first of two seminars, presenting the interim findings of our project designed to investigate the language of research articles written in interdisciplinary fields. The second seminar will be held in June 2015, when the final results of the research project will be presented.

The seminar will consist of 4 presentations discussing the linguistic features, citation practices and the perceptions of interdisciplinary discourse. There will be ample opportunities for discussion of the findings and their potential impact.


IDRD Project lauched!!!

September 2nd 2013, marked the official launch of the IDRD project.┬áSo this is in a sense our ‘Hello, World!’ to everyone out there. The details about the project can be found on our About page, as well as on the University of Birmingham project website.
The purpose of this blog is to communicate our research on interdisciplinary discourse to a wide range of audiences with interests in linguistics, global environmental change, interdisciplinary research methods and practices, research policy and anyone else who might find this research interesting. If you have any special interests, explore our tags to find the content most relevant to you. Also, all our posts are open for discussion so feel free to leave a comment and we’ll try to respond as soon as possible.
Hope you’re going to find our blog useful, participate in the debate and come back to visit us regularly. You can also follow us on twitter to which you can find the link on the top of the page.

IDRD project team