Work Packages

WP1. Management

  • Implement effective management and monitoring of the CASCADE network, ensuring work packages, fellowship projects and training activities are successfully undertaken in line with the network’s plan and timetable.

  • Manage relationships with the network’s academic and non-academic partners.

  • Coordinate communication and dissemination plans (including submission of the Data Management Plan).

  • Chair network Supervision Review Meetings during which all beneficiaries report on the progress of each individual researcher and research project.

WP2. Design

Theoretical and Practical Innovation in Research Design

  • Understand how research design supports, undermines and/or predicates outcomes of longitudinal language analysis.

  • Understand how longitudinal characteristics of data inform understanding of meaning.

  • Refine research design to improve validity.

  • Develop researchers’ methodological self-confidence (including confidence to be critical). 

Research design is understood in three senses: data preparation and annotation (e.g. how data-driven can a data-driven approach be?); choice of algorithms and tools; and assumptions implicit within frameworks of interpretation.

WP3. Language

Longitudinal Meaning in Lexis and Grammar

  • Describe and explain the process by which meaning is constructed within lexical and grammatical contexts.

  • Identify how the variable of time relates to language at the level of the word and grammar.

  • Illustrate how the variable of time enhances our understanding of other variables in language data, such as meaning change, or the conditional probabilities of lexical, grammatical, and phrasal co-occurrence.

WP4. Literature and Text

Longitudinal Meaning in Different Text Types

  • Describe and explain the relationship among textual meaning and text type, genre and style.

  • Employ information about text type, genre and style to enhance and improve the automatic analysis of language.

  • Employ information about longitudinal semantics to enhance and improve the automatic analysis of text type, genre, style and text reuse.

WP5. History

Longitudinal Meaning in Cultural, Social and Political Contexts

  • Understand which elements of meaning can be extracted from large text corpora using NLP and computational linguistic methods, and to relate those elements of meaning to real-world historical contexts.

  • Assess efficacy of NLP and computational linguistic methods for identifying and tracing meaning across real-world contexts via diachronic texts.

  • Improve existing algorithms and quantitative approaches to meaning in computational linguistics using our knowledge of the diachronic characteristics of meaning in cultural, social and political contexts.

WP6. Training Camps

  • Provide researchers with training in the fundamental principles, methods, and technologies of longitudinal semantic search.

  • Provide holistic knowledge of the domain.

  • Encourage collaborative learning as a full cohort.

There will be four themed Camps with multiple components. Each Camp lasts between 3 and 10 days and consists of a sequence of hands-on training events, workshops and masterclasses.

WP7. Research Conventions

  • Provide an opportunity for researchers, academic and non-academic beneficiaries, partners and other experts to discuss the network’s Research Objectives.

  • Provide researchers with an opportunity to network and present research results alongside their peers and experts in the field.

There will be four Conventions, one for each Research Objective. Each Convention lasts at least 2 days and presents a wide variety of research relating to the Research Objective. Presentations will be given by researchers, academic and non-academic partners, and invited, established guest speakers from outside the network.