The Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing (CLLC) was established to continue the development and application of statistical and computing tools for the analysis of (literary) texts.

Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing is based in the School of Humanities and Social Sciencein the Faculty of Education and Arts, University of Newcastle, some of the centre highlights are;

  • Prof. Craig awarded Discovery Grant for 'Folio Shakespeare texts and their Quarto and Octavo antecedents', 2016
  • Hosted the Wollombi Seminar for leading international thinkers in Computational Stylistics, 2015
  • Emeritus Professor John Burrows presented the Wisbey Lecture in King's College, University of London in September 2006
  • In 2004 the group hosted an international conference on humanities computing
  • Emeritus Professor John Burrows travelled to New York in June 2001 to receive the 2001 Busa Award
  • A Practicable Future for Computing in the Humanities: An International Symposium, The University of Newcastle, July 2001

Literary and Linguistic (CLLC) group members

Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing members (L to R) Prof Hugh Craig, Naomi Fraser, Dr Elizabeth Spencer, Bill Pascoe and Reuben Ramsay

Current Collaborations

Students interested in doing postgraduate research in areas covered by the centre should send an email to: or visit research higher degrees page.

Video: Did Shakespeare write his plays? - Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams

Some people question whether Shakespeare really wrote the works that bear his name – or whether he even existed at all. Could it be true that the greatest writer in the English language was as fictional as his plays? Natalya St. Clair and Aaron Williams show how a linguistic tool called stylometry might shed light on the answer.

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