1st Edition

Corpus-Based Language Studies An Advanced Resource Book

    406 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 91 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive textbooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study in the core areas of English language and Applied Linguistics.

    Each book in the series guides readers through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline.

    • Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers’ techniques of analysis through practical application.
    • Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field.
    • Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own research responses.

    Throughout the book, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader’s understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

    Corpus-Based Language Studies:

    • covers the major theoretical approaches to the use of corpus data
    • adopts a ‘how to’ approach with exercises and cases, affording students with the knowledge and tools to undertake their own corpus-based research
    • gathers together influential readings from leading names in the discipline, including: Douglas Biber, Henry Widdowson, Michael Stubbs, Ronald Carter, and Michael McCarthy
    • is supported by a website featuring long extracts for analysis by students with commentary by the authors.

    The accompanying website to this book can be found at http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/0415286239/

    Preface  Section A: Introduction  A1. Corpus Linguistics: The Basics A2. Representativeness, Balance and Sampling  A3. Corpus Markup  A4. Corpus Annotation  A5. Multilingual Corpora  A6. Making Statistical Claims  A7: Using Available Corpora  A8. Going Solo: DIY Corpora  A9: Copyright  A10. Corpora and Language Studies  Section B: Extension  B1. Corpus Representativeness and Balance  B2. Objections to Corpora: An Ongoing Debate  B3. Lexical and Grammatical Studies  B4. Language Variation Studies  B5: Contrastive and Diachronic Studies  B6: Language Teaching and Learning  Section C: Exploration  C1. Collocation and Pedagogical Lexicography  C2. Help or Help to: What do Corpora Have to Say?  C3. L2 Acquisition of Grammatical Morphemes  C4. Swearing in Modern British English  C5. Conversation and Speech in American English  C6. Domains, Text Types, Aspect Marking and English-Chinese Translation.  Bibliography.  Appendix: Useful Internet Links.  Index


    Tony McEnery is Professor of English Language and Linguistics and Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK.

    Richard Xiao is a researcher at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University, UK.

    Yukio Tono is Professor at the Department of Languages and Cultures, Meikai University, Japan.

    "This book is by far the most comprehensive introduction to corpus linguistics published to date. It is essentially three books in one: 1) a conceptual overview of analytical issues, techniques, and findings; 2) a collection of key articles published to date 3) and a set of case studies that fully illustrate the most important analytical and design issues. I will certainly be using the book as a required text in my own courses." Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University