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An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

1st Edition

By Graeme Kennedy

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328 pages

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Description

The use of large, computerized bodies of text for linguistic analysis and description has emerged in recent years as one of the most significant and rapidly-developing fields of activity in the study of language. This book provides a comprehensive introduction and guide to Corpus Linguistics. All aspects of the field are explored, from the various types of electronic corpora that are available to instructions on how to design and compile a corpus. Graeme Kennedy surveys the development of corpora for use in linguistic research, looking back to the pre-electronic age as well as to the massive growth of computer corpora in the electronic age.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

1. INTRODUCTION

Corpora

The role of computers in corpus linguistics

The scope of corpus linguistics

2. THE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OF CORPORA

Pre-electronic corpora

Types of electronic corpora

Major electronic corpora for linguistic research

Electonic text databases

Issues in corpus design and compilation

Compling a corpus

Organizations and professional associations concerned with corpus design, development and research

3. CORPUS-BASED DESCRIPTIONS OF ENGLISH

Lexical description

Grammatical studies centred on morphemes or words

Grammatical studies centred on the sentence

Pragmatics and spoken discourse

Corpus-based studies of variation in the use of English

4. CORPUS ANALYSIS

Corpus annotation and processing

Procedures used in corpus analysis

Corpus search and retrieval software

5. IMPLICATIONS AND APPLICATIONS OF CORPUS-BASED ANALYSIS

Goals of linguistic description and the effect of corpora on methodology

Corpus linguistics and computational linguistics

Corpus-based approaches to language teaching

References

Index

About the Author

Graeme Kennedy is Professor of Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington.

About the Series

Studies in Language and Linguistics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General