The bw-desc team was delighted to welcome Professor Mark Davies, the creator of the BYU corpora, to Freiburg on November 16 and 17, 2017. Approximately 25 persons, mainly MA and PhD students from Freiburg, Basel, and Mannheim participated in a two-day workshop on Megacorpora. Six of them presented their work in 15-minute talks which were followed by 30 minutes of discussion so the presenters could receive feedback from the compiler of the corpora himself as well as from their peers. Prof Davies furthermore demonstrated new features in the corpora and provided the participants with a wealth of useful information and tricks. On Thursday evening, he gave a keynote to a wider audience, approximately 60 people, in which he spoke about how to track variation and change in language and culture by using corpora.
You can find the full programme and slides of the presentations below.