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Send us your schoolwork! Study to shape curriculum

Send us your schoolwork! Study to shape curriculum | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The biggest-ever archive of pupils’ schoolwork is being collected as part of a three year-project looking at how children use language as they get older

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The British National Corpus is being created by the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Science finds surprising differences in men and women

Science finds surprising differences in men and women | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ever wondered who out of women and men have the better memory? Or perhaps you’re curious to know who swears the most. The answers may surprise you…

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The article highlights findings from a study at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) 

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CASS invests in first major international scheme with UK Research Councils

CASS invests in first major international scheme with UK Research Councils | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Four new UK-China partnerships to strengthen research in the social sciences and arts and humanities have been announced on 9 September.

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Article cites the Newton Fund and quotes ESRC CEO Professor Jane Elliott

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Twitter expands anti-abuse arsenal, but has long way to go to silence trolls

Twitter expands anti-abuse arsenal, but has long way to go to silence trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Those suffering abuse, threats, or generally unpleasant behaviour on Twitter – of which is there is much – may welcome Zero Trollerance, an initiative that aims to tackle trolls by bombarding them with tweets containing helpful life tips and advice on how to be less angry and aggressive.

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This article cites Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) based at Lancaster University

Article originally published 27 April 2014

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2015: the year of the trolled?

2015: the year of the trolled? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, famously believed that his creation could be used to “iron out misunderstanding”. The prediction seems laughably naive today, particularly to every single one of the 3 billion people who have internet access.

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Article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Festive tastes have changed but Christmas is still a cracker

Some of Britain’s traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal, a new study of spoken English has revealed.

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The research cited in the article was carried out by a joint team including the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University.

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BBC Radio Lancashire - Googles most popular search terms 2014

Radio programme inlcuding interview regarding googles most popular search terms for 2014..

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Programme interviews Dr Claire Hardaker from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), based at Lancaster University, about Googles most popular search terms of 2014.

Interview starts at 02:51:15 and concludes at 02:54:40

Programme originally aired 16/12/2014

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Stop snapping selfies and start vaping – it's the word of the year

Stop snapping selfies and start vaping – it's the word of the year | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Selfies were so 2013. But vaping’s in: Oxford Dictionaries have announced vape as its international Word of the Year 2014. The runners up are bae, budtender, contactless, indyref, normcore and slacktivism.

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Article by Robbie Love, of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.

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I get that it's only water vapor but it still smells.  

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Mind your language: 'Battling' cancer metaphors can make terminally ill patients worse

Mind your language: 'Battling' cancer metaphors can make terminally ill patients worse | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Media portrayals of cancer as a “battle to be fought” are leading to feelings or failure and guilt among terminally ill patients, experts in language and end-of-life care have said.

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Artilce cites the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

This research is being presented at the ESRC Festival of Social Science Event

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Internet trolls will not be deterred by long prison sentences, Mary Beard warns

Internet trolls will not be deterred by long prison sentences, Mary Beard warns | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
TV historian who was abused by Twitter trolls says that sentences will not stop abuse as other high profile victims react to new sentences for the crime
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The article cites Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University

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Internet trolls face longer sentences

Internet trolls face longer sentences | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
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The article cites Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University

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‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’

‘It’s never OK to normalise rape’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Singer LeAnn Rimes is under fire for making a rape joke. So is it ever acceptable to use the word in a humorous way and has its meaning changed? Radhika Sanghani reports

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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, who is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome

Cheerio Marvellous... You're No Longer Awesome | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

The words cheerio and marvellous lose their popularity due to the American influence on Britons and the rise of the digital age.

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The article discusses the work of the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University, with comment from Professor Tony McEnery.

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When it comes to swearing, women set tongues wagging

When it comes to swearing, women set tongues wagging | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Women have filthier mouths than men.
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This study is being funded by the ESRC.

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Women are really f***ing good at swearing

Women are really f***ing good at swearing | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Women use the F-word more than men, according to a survey that looked at the swearing habits of both genders over the past two decades.

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The findings are from the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Twitter makes tweaks to limit abuse and abusers

Twitter makes tweaks to limit abuse and abusers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Twitter has announced some product and policy changes aimed at better tackling violent threats and abuse on its platform.

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This article cites the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

Article originally published 21 April 2015

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Surge in antisemitism on social media

Research undertaken by Lancaster University has informed a major inquiry into antisemitism. The All-Party Parliamentary inquiry was set up following an apparent rise in antisemitic abuse on social media in July and August last year during fighting between Gaza and Israel.

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The article cites the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.

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How Calling Cancer a 'Fight' or 'Battle' Can Harm Patients

How Calling Cancer a 'Fight' or 'Battle' Can Harm Patients | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Using hostile, warlike metaphors to describe cancer may make patients less likely to take steps toward certain treatments, new research suggests.

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The research cited in the article was carried out by the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS).

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Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal

Some of Britain's traditional Christmas favourites are losing their appeal | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Long-standing festive treats, such as sherry and brandy, are declining in popularity, according to the research by a joint team from Cambridge University Press and Lancaster University.

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Article cites research from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Champagne and gin replace sherry and brandy as our favourite Christmas tipples 

Champagne and gin replace sherry and brandy as our favourite Christmas tipples  | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Researchers analysed conversations of today and compared them with those of the 1990s, to reveal how our food and drink preferences have changed and found we would rather have a bottle of bubbly.

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Article cites research from the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)

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Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows

Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Games industry professionals can make gaming communities more tolerant by actively promoting and exhibiting inclusive values, according to new research. 

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The article cites research by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS) at Lancaster University.

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Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls

Online abuse affects men and women differently – and this is key to tackling trolls | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Video games, Jane Austen, and a Welsh footballer: it might seem these three have nothing in common, but all have been the basis for online abuse targeted specifically at women.


Of course, both men and women face harassment online, and some face it every day. But the cases involving Anita Sarkeesian and #GamerGate, Caroline Criado-Perez’s campaign for a woman on a British banknote, and threats towardChloe Madeley after her mother Judy Finnigan’s comments about footballer Ched Evans, raise the question of whether there is an essential difference between what women and men face online.

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Article co-written by Claire Hardaker, who receives ESRC funding for her work on Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny.

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Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws

Internet trolls face up to two years in jail under new laws | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Internet trolls could face up to two years in jail under new laws, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said.

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The BBC News programme features an interview with Dr Claire Hardaker, a project leader at the ESRC-funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS), at Lancaster University. Feature at 7 minutes 57 seconds - 10 minutes 11 seconds.

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Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening'

Let's stop calling this hacking 'The Fappening' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

As the leak of private naked photos of 100 female A-listers is becoming known online as 'The Fappening', Radhika Sanghani questions why we're reducing a serious crime to a sexual hashtag

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The article quotes Dr Claire Hardaker, who is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’

‘I was changing a nappy when call for help came’ | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A Lancaster University linguistics lecturer has used her expertise to give an insight into the background of an Islamist State militant connected with the death of a US journalist. Guardian reporter Gayle Rouncivell spoke to Dr Claire Hardaker about her unexpected popularity within the national media.
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Dr Claire Hardaker is funded by the ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Sciences (CASS) at Lancaster University. Her research in the field of social media looks at topics such as flaming, trolling, cyberbullying, and online grooming.

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