Corpora and Language Education by Lynne Flowerdew (auth.)

By Lynne Flowerdew (auth.)

A serious exam of key techniques and concerns in corpus linguistics, with a selected concentrate on the increasing interdisciplinary nature of the sphere and the function that written and spoken corpora now play in those diversified disciplines. It additionally offers a sequence of corpus-based case reports illustrating critical topics and most sensible practices.

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Alphonse Juilland, working in the self-described area of ‘mechanolinguistics’, carried out contrastive corpus linguistics based on frequency lists and produced a frequency dictionary of Spanish words among many other publications. He also addressed issues of balance, covering a wide range of genres, representativeness, examining a range of writers within various genres of 500,000-word corpora and dispersion, developing Harris’ concept of distributionalism. 2 McEnery and Wilson on the importance of Busa and Juilland Juilland was a pioneer of corpus linguistics.

2. 3 Kilgariff on the Web as a corpus vs BNC The corpus resource for the 1990s was the BNC. Conceived in the 80s, completed in the mid 90s, it was hugely innovative and opened up myriad new research avenues for comparing different text types, sociolinguistics, empirical NLP, language teaching and lexicography. But now the web is with us, giving access to colossal quantities of text, of any number of varieties, at the click of a button, for free. While the BNC and other fixed corpora remain of huge value, it is the web that presents the most provocative questions about the nature of language.

Eds) (2010) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Section II: Building and designing a corpus: what are the key considerations? (pp. 31–103). London: Routledge. For readers new to corpus linguistics, this handbook section presents a very user-friendly, uncomplicated introduction to key considerations for building different types of corpora (spoken, written, audio-visual). Stewart, D. (2009) Semantic Prosody. A Critical Evaluation. London: Routledge. This accessible volume draws together all the major work in the area of semantic prosody.

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