Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies (6th edition) – UCCTS 2020

The 6th edition of the UCCTS conference (Using Corpora in Contrastive and Translation Studies) series will be organized by the Department of Interpreting and Translation of the University of Bologna (Italy) at the Bertinoro University Residential Centre, on 7-9 September 2020.

UCCTS is a biennial international conference which was launched by Richard Xiao in 2008 to provide an international forum for the exploration of theoretical and practical issues pertaining to the creation and use of corpora in contrastive and translation/interpreting studies. The 2018 edition (that was held at the Centre for English Corpus Linguistics of the University of Louvain, Belgium)was dedicated to the memory of Richard, who sadly passed away in January 2016.

Corpus use in contrastive linguistics and translation studies is nowadays well-established, also thanks to this Conference series, which throughout the years has provided a forum for advances in methodology, theory, analysis and applications of corpus-based contrastive and translation studies. One of the ways in which such advances and discussions have taken shape in recent editions is through the rethinking of translation and interpreting, conceived as contact language varieties on a par with learner language, English as a Lingua Franca and L2 production, among others. The investigation of the common ground between translation-mediated cross-linguistic influence and other language contact situations is seen as a powerful, though no doubt complex, means of attaining higher-order generalizations about language use in a world in which linguistic superdiversity is becoming the norm. This multifaceted object of study requires a solid understanding of quantitative methods, the cross-fertilization of product- and process-based approaches, and the development of adequate theoretical models.

In pursuit of these ambitious aims, UCCTS 2020 will bring together researchers who collect, annotate, analyze and use corpora to inform contrastive linguistics and translation studies, alone or in combination with other data sources and methods, to shed light on the complex nature of language use in a linguistically diverse world.

As is traditional in corpus linguistics – and especially true of Bertinoro, where two CULT (Corpus Use and Learning to Translate) and one TALC (Teaching and Language Corpora) conference were held in the early 2000s – UCCTS 2020 will also welcome contributions on the development of corpus(-informed) tools and resources and their use in a range of applied fields, including foreign language teaching and translator education, language testing and translation quality assessment, human-computer interaction in translation and other multilingual NLP domains.

Confirmed keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce that the following speakers have accepted our invitation to give a keynote presentation at the conference:

  • Marie-Aude Lefer (UC Louvain and Université Saint-Louis, Brussels)
  • Erich Steiner (Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken)
  • Natalia Levshina (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)

Conference themes

We particularly welcome contrastive and translation/interpreting studies proposals using corpus methods and addressing the following topics:

  • Quantitative approaches in corpus-based contrastive and translation/interpreting studies
  • Triangulation: the combined use of corpus data and other sources of data
  • Register/genre variation and other factors affecting cross-linguistic and variationist analyses
  • Parallel and comparable corpora in foreign language learning/teaching
  • The comparative study of translated/interpreted language with other types of constrained and/or mediated language varieties (e.g. learner/non-native language, edited language)
  • Variational and/or multilingual corpus-based approaches to media studies
  • Corpus use in bilingual (e-)lexicography and terminology/terminography
  • Design and analysis of new types of comparable and parallel corpora, including intermodal, multimodal and multiple translation/interpreting corpora
  • The contribution of Corpus-Based Translation and Interpreting Studies (CBTS/CBIS) to translation and interpreting theory
  • New ways of approaching typical properties and features of translation/interpreting
  • Corpus use in translator/interpreter education
  • Professional (Language service provider) perspectives on corpus use
  • Corpus use in translation/interpreting quality assessment
  • Corpus use and new/hybrid/non-canonical forms of translation and multilingual communication

We particularly encourage the submission of papers that genuinely straddle the fields of corpus-based contrastive linguistics and translation studies.

There will be four categories of presentation:

  • Full paper (20 minutes)
  • Short paper (10 minutes)
  • Poster
  • Software demo

A selection of papers will be published in an edited volume and/or in a special issue of a scientific journal.

Language of the conference



Abstracts should be between 800 and 1,000 words and include a list of references (not included in the word count). They should provide a clear outline of the aim of the paper, including clearly articulated research question(s), details about the research approach and method(s), and (preliminary) results.

Abstracts should bsubmitted via EasyChair by 21 February, 2020. They will be reviewed anonymously by the scientific committee. You will be notified of the outcome of the review process by 2 April, 2020.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21 February, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 2 April, 2020
  • Conference: 7-9 September, 2020

Conference convenors

  • Silvia Bernardini
  • Adriano Ferraresi

Organising committee

  • Ksenia Balakina (University of Bologna)
  • Silvia Bernardini (University of Bologna)
  • Sara Castagnoli (University of Macerata)
  • Erika Dalan (University of Bologna)
  • Ester Dolei (University of Bologna)
  • Adriano Ferraresi (University of Bologna)
  • Maria Chiara Russo (University of Bologna)

Scientific committee

  • Svetlana Aloushkova (UC Louvain and Université Saint-Louis, Brussels)
  • Alberto Barrón-Cedeño (University of Bologna)
  • Łucja Biel (University of Warsaw)
  • Mario Bisiada (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)
  • Bert Cappelle (Université de Lille 3)
  • Sara Castagnoli (Università di Macerata)
  • Gloria Corpas Pastor (University of Malaga)
  • Gert De Sutter (Ghent University)
  • Bart Defrancq (Ghent University)
  • Isabelle Delaere (KU Leuven)
  • Ilse Depraetere (Université de Lille 3)
  • Pamela Faber (University of Granada)
  • Ana Frankenberg-Garcia (University of Surrey)
  • Federico Gaspari (University for Foreigners “Dante Alighieri” of Reggio Calabria)
  • Gaëtanelle Gilquin (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Sylviane Granger (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Sandra Halverson (University of Agder)
  • Silvia Hansen-Schirra (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz)
  • Hilde Hasselgård (University of Oslo)
  • Juliane House (University of Hamburg)
  • Ilmari Ivaska (University of Turku)
  • Marta Kajzer-Wietrzny (Adam Mickiewicz University)
  • Dorothy Kenny (Dublin City University)
  • Haidee Kotze (Utrecht University)
  • Natalie Kübler (Université Paris-Diderot)
  • Kerstin Kunz (University of Heidelberg)
  • Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski (Saarland University)
  • Sara Laviosa (University of Bari Aldo Moro)
  • Marie-Aude Lefer (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Agnieszka Lenko-Szymanska (University of Warsaw)
  • Natalia Levshina (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen)
  • Defeng Li (University of Macau)
  • Rudy Loock (Université de Lille 3)
  • Josep Marco Borillo (Universitat Jaume I)
  • Juana Isabel Marín Arrese (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
  • Lorenzo Mastropierro (University of Nottingham)
  • Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki)
  • Adriana Mezeg (University of Ljubljana)
  • Christine Michaux (Université de Mons)
  • Tamara Mikolič Južnič (University of Ljubljana)
  • Maja Miličević Petrović (University of Belgrade)
  • Laura Mori (University of International Studies – Rome)
  • Ricardo Muñoz Martín (University of Bologna)
  • Stella Neumann (RWTH Aachen University)
  • Raluca Nita (Université de Poitiers)
  • Signe Oksefjell Ebeling (University of Oslo)
  • Magali Paquot (Université catholique de Louvain)
  • Giuseppe Palumbo (Università di Trieste)
  • Koen Plevoets (University of Gent)
  • Rosa Rabadán (University of León)
  • Mariachiara Russo (University of Bologna)
  • Raf Salkie (University of Brighton)
  • Erich Steiner (Saarland University)
  • Frieda Steurs (KU Leuven)
  • Elke Teich (Saarland University)
  • Aurelija Usonienė (Vilnius University)
  • Sonia Vandepitte (Ghent University)
  • Gudrun Vanderbauwhede (Université de Mons)
  • Åke Viberg (Uppsala University)
  • Federico Zanettin (University of Perugia)
  • Sandrine Zufferey (Université de Berne)


Conference website