Call for Participants

Tools and Methods for Corpus-Based Translation Science

22 – 23 November 2018
University of Innsbruck, Austria

The aim of the two-day workshop is to help beginners as well as advanced participants to acquire new competencies and consolidate and expand existing ones in the creation and implementation of corpus-based research designs in the field of translation science. The workshop primarily addresses doctoral and postdoctoral researchers and offers a space for learning, discussion and hands-on training.

The workshop is free of charge, but there is a limited number of places. The workshop will be held at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, from 22 to 23 November, 2018.


The workshop comprises one keynote speech and three individual courses of 3.5 hours each. The courses build upon each other and cover the following topics:


This presentation will focus on the corpus revolution that has impacted all sciences dealing with language, and, among others, translation studies and translation training. In reviving contrastive studies, this revolution has led research to work on authentic data in a systematic manner, producing results that can be used in the translation classroom. Moreover, corpora can be used as CAT-tools in the classroom, in parallel with dictionaries, glossaries, term bases and online parallel corpora. Concrete examples will be presented to support these statements.”

Speaker: Natalie Kübler, Université Paris Diderot

Course outline:

Corpora are all about linguistic data, to be more precise, the right data for the respective study. This course discusses the finding, collecting and processing of data involved in building a corpus for a specific translation research interest, focusing on technical and practical aspects . In the hands-on part of the session you will learn how to perform sentence alignment and metadata annotation using the example of the TransBank project infrastructure. Also, you will be introduced to the search interface of the TransBank metacorpus, using which you can download further corpus data tailored to your needs. In the last part, based on the data you prepared plus the additional data gathered using the search interface you will learn a few simple techniques of statistical corpus analysis.

Trainers: TransBank research group, University of Innsbruck

Course outline:

This course focuses on the issues of querying corpora to obtain research data. We will work on a demo English-German corpus and we will use the TextHammer concordance manager. The participants will have online access to the data. During the workshop we will discuss the following issues:

  • The importance of using subcorpora
  • Working with frequency lists, comparing frequency lists, finding “keywords”
  • Zooming in: doing collostructional analysis
  • More zooming in: processing a large concordance

The course will demonstrate the basic techniques of querying the data and the processing the results, i.e. downloading the data to the workstation and performing its markup with the help of Excel and R. It will also be shown how to obtain descriptive statistics with the help of R.

The first part of the course will be a lecture with demonstration of a case study, and the second part will be practical: the students will do their own case studies following the script of the case study.

Trainer: Mikhail Mikhailov, University of Tampere

Course outline:

In this course, students will learn how to prepare a dataset for multivariate statistical analysis and which multivariate technique to select. The course will cover an introduction to a number of frequently used statistical techniques for analysing categorical response variables, including logistic regression analysis, generalized linear mixed effects modelling, conditional inference trees, random forests and correspondence analysis.

Trainer: Gert De Sutter, Ghent University

Important Dates
10 September 2018 Application deadline
25 September 2018 Notification of acceptance
22 - 23 November 2018 Workshop
Day 1: Thursday, 22 November 2018
11:30 - 12:30 Registration
13:00 - 13:15 Welcome & Opening
13:15 - 14:15 Keynote speech: Why corpora matter in translation studies?
14:15- 14:30 Coffee
14:30 - 16:30 Course 1: Corpus compilation and annotation
16:30 - 16:45 Coffee
16:45 - 18:15 Course 1: Corpus compilation and annotation
19:00 - Dinner
Day 2: Friday, 23 November 2018
9:00 - 11:00 Course 2: Basics of qualitative and quantitative corpus analysis
11:00 - 11:15 Coffee
11:15 - 12:45 Course 2: Basics of qualitative and quantitative corpus analysis
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 15:30 Course 3: Introduction to advanced corpus analysis: multivariate statistics
15:30 - 15:45 Coffee
15:45 - 17:15 Course 3: Introduction to advanced corpus analysis: multivariate statistics
17:15 - 18:00 Coffee & Conclusio

The schedule can also be downloaded as PDF.

Terms & Conditions

Participation in the workshop is free of charge and includes attendance at all sessions, coffee breaks and dinner on day one. However, please note that the organisers will not cover participants’ travel or accommodation expenses and that participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. A list of accommodations with preferential rates for workshop participants can be found below.

There are no formal eligibility criteria for participation in the workshop. Since places are limited, the admission of applicants will be based on their motivation to attend the workshop and to conduct corpus-based translation research.



The workshop will be held at the Department of Translation Studies of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Innsbruck, the renowned alpine city and capital of Tyrol, is easily accessible from most international destinations.

  • By train: via Innsbruck central station with international train connections to all main European cities (see
  • By plane: via Innsbruck Airport (direct scheduled flights from/to various European cities; indirect flights via the hubs Frankfurt, Vienna or London), Munich Airport (with comfortable and fast transfer by airport taxi (, train ( or bus (, as well as Vienna Airport (several direct trains from/to Vienna Airport per day (
  • By bus: with international connections to numerous European cities served by Flixbus (
  • By car: via motorway connections (toll sticker – ‘Vignette’ in German – is required to drive on motorways in Austria) from east and west via the A12. Note: the Arlberg tunnel is a toll tunnel. When travelling from the south, take the A14 motorway – toll charge applies from Innsbruck onwards. Taking the B182 national road via Brenner is also an option. There are good national roads to and from Innsbruck. Travel via East Tyrol by way of the Felbertaurn tunnel or Pustertal (Puster valley).

Please note: participants are responsible for organising and paying their own accommodation!

The following hotels offer reduced rates for workshop participants (the list is sorted in ascending order according to approximate distance from workshop venue). Please use the booking code “TransBank”.

  • Basic Hotel: single room € 80, double room € 120 (rates per room, incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 30 September 2018
  • Hotel Innsbruck: double room for single use € 97 (rates per room, incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 1 October 2018
  • Hotel Goldener Adler: single room standard € 85, double room for single use € 105 per night and person, double room € 125 per night and room (rates incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 15 October 2018
  • Hotel Neue Post: double room for single use € 102 (rates per room and night, incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 1 October 2018
  • NALA individuellhotel: double room standard € 94, double room comfort € 104 (rates per room, excl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 15 October 2018
  • Hotel Schwarzer Adler: single room € 102 (rates per room, incl. breakfast); use this link for bookings, reduced rates valid until 7 November 2018
  • Hotel Congress Innsbruck: single room € 97, double room € 117 (rates per night, incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 22 October 2018
  • Hotel Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli: single room € 80, double room € 115 (rates per room, incl. breakfast); reduced rates valid until 1 October 2018

Hotels without reduced rates in the vicinity of the venue:

Youth Hostels:

Further Budget Accommodation (list sorted in ascending order according to approximate distance from venue):

Further accommodation (including budget accommodation) can be found at the Innsbruck Tourism Office or


The workshop is organised by the TransBank project team and kindly supported by the Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture of the University of Innsbruck. Please direct any enquiries to