We welcome applications from anyone who wishes to pursue an interest within the broad fields of English language and linguistics, human communication, applied linguistics, and related areas of study. We are a large department with interests in a wide variety of topics:
Computational linguistics is more technically oriented toward Natural Language Processing (NLP) and language engineering whereas corpus linguistics is more theoretically oriented toward to linguistic investigations.
Both create and use corpora, but the corpora created and used in computational linguistics are typically specialised (i.e. domain or genre specific, e.g. most of the corpora released by the LDC) while corpus linguistics prefers so-called balanced representative corpora (e.g. the BNC and corpora of the Brown family).
Computational linguists tend to use the linguistic knowledge derived by corpus linguists on the basis of representative corpora to develop language models (and hence corpus processing tools and more) while corpus linguists tend to use the tools developed by computational linguists to create better corpora more easily (and hence better linguistic theory and empirical basis for language modeling).
The two can be said to have different focuses of research but complement and support each other.