1st Edition

Corpus Linguistics for English for Academic Purposes

By Vander Viana, Aisling O'Boyle Copyright 2022
    276 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    276 Pages 84 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book shows how corpus analyses can enhance students’, practitioners’ and researchers’ knowledge of academic language. The book provides a reader-friendly discussion of the key concepts, practices and research applications of corpus linguistics which are relevant to the EAP community.

    The volume:

    • empowers readers to compile and analyze EAP-relevant corpora to support their practice;

    • draws on open-access resources, allowing readers in all contexts to engage in corpus analyses;

    • examines how corpus studies have advanced the description of spoken, written and computer-mediated academic discourses;

    • contains numerous reflective and hands-on tasks.

    Corpus Linguistics for English for Academic Purposes is an essential book for EAP students, practitioners and researchers who wish to develop corpus analytical skills to support their learning, teaching and research practice. It is equally important to novice corpus linguists who wish to find out how they can contribute to the ever-expanding area of EAP.

    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
    2. 1.1) What is EAP?

      1.2) Why have we written this book?

      1.3) How is this book structured?

    3. Chapter 2: EAP in its contexts
    4. 2.1) How do English and changing academic landscapes shape each other?

      2.2) What is academic discourse?

      2.3) How do academic disciplines relate to English language use?

    5. Chapter 3: CL for the EAP community
    6. 3.1) What is a corpus?

      3.2) What is the difference between general and specialized corpora?

      3.3) How else can corpora be categorized?

      3.4) What specialized academic English corpora are freely available?

      3.5) What are the principles of corpus analysis?

    7. Chapter 4: EAP and CL (non-)interfaces
    8. 4.1) What can a corpus perspective bring to EAP?

      4.2) What EAP questions cannot be answered by corpus analyses?

      4.3) What EAP questions can be answered by corpus analyses?

    9. Chapter 5: Specialized corpus compilation for EAP
    10. 5.1) Why would you compile a corpus?

      5.2) How specialized can your corpus be?

      5.3) What criteria can inform your corpus compilation plan?

      5.4) What should you consider in relation to sampling, balance and size?

      5.5) What ethical matters are involved in corpus compilation?

      5.6) What relevant decisions should you make before collecting data?

      5.7) What practical aspects can impact your data collection plan?

      5.8) What tasks do you need to undertake when building your corpus?

      5.8.1) What is particular about corpora of spoken academic discourse?

      5.8.2) What is particular about corpora of written academic discourse?

      5.8.3) What is particular about corpora of CMAD?

      5.9) What else should you consider before project completion?

    11. Chapter 6: Corpus analysis for EAP
    12. 6.1) What do you need to do before the analysis?

      6.2) What information do wordlists provide?

      6.3) What information do lists of word sequences provide?

      6.4) What information do concordance lines provide?

      6.5) What information do keywords provide?

      6.6) What information do collocations provide?

    13. Chapter 7: Corpus research on spoken academic discourse
    14. 7.1) What is spoken academic discourse (or how is it different from written academic discourse)?

      7.2) Whose turn is it anyway?

      7.3) I’m listening – can’t you tell?

      7.4) Can I ask?

      7.5) Does formulaic language contribute to spoken academic fluency? ‘Oh, I don’t know’

      7.6) Can you present your thesis in three minutes?

    15. Chapter 8: Corpus research on written academic discourse
    16. 8.1) What do outward and inward examinations of written academic discourse reveal?

      8.2) To cite or not to cite? The actual question is how…

      8.3) Is it the case or does it seem so?

      8.4) What lexical maps can CL offer EAP?

      8.5) In which discipline would these bundles be found?

    17. Chapter 9: Corpus research on computer-mediated academic discourse
    18. 9.1) CMD vs. CMAD: what difference does ‘A’ letter make?

      9.2) Blogging for academic purposes –What is the point?

      9.3) How do I e-m@il u?

      9.4) How do I participate in discussions forums? □□ ☹

    19. Chapter 10: Conclusion


    Vander Viana is Associate Professor in Education, directs the Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and is the founder/leader of the Language in Education Research Group at the University of East Anglia. His areas of research expertise include corpus linguistics, English for academic purposes, TESOL and language teacher education.

    Aisling O’Boyle is Lecturer and Director of the Centre for Language Education Research at Queen’s University Belfast. Her areas of research expertise include the application of corpus linguistics to language learning and education, and she has research interests in the socially embedded nature of English language education.

    "This important and timely addition to the EAP literature provides a wealth of information and practical know-how on the potential of corpus analysis to support students, EAP practitioners and EAP researchers in developing understanding of academic English. Readers will come back to this book time and time again for evidence-based information on academic English and as a practical guide to using corpus analysis. The book should be essential reading on EAP teacher education programs." -Prof Helen Basturkmen, University of Auckland


    "In the last 20 years corpora have become central to EAP: transforming how we study and teach language for academic purposes by providing more detailed and robust descriptions of texts and encouraging students to take a more active and reflective part in their learning. In this up-to-date and highly accessible book, Viana and O’Boyle provide a well-structured and highly readable introduction to the use of corpus analysis in English for Academic Purposes, taking the reader from basic word searches to more complex analyses of tagged texts and lexical phrases. The book is packed with clear definitions, authentic examples, useful classroom ideas and step-by-step guides on how to conduct analyses of corpora which are freely available online. Regular comprehension questions and reflective tasks help scaffold this journey of research-informed reflective EAP practice. This, then, is an exceptionally valuable addition to the literature on EAP and will be extremely useful to those seeking to learn how they can use corpora to both research and teach academic English." -Prof Ken Hyland, University of East Anglia


    "Corpus Linguistics for English for Academic Purposes is a very welcome addition to volumes specifically targeting EAP practitioners and researchers. First and foremost, the book provides clear, practical step-by-step guidance on exploring academic discourse through freely accessible corpora and search tools. In this way, the book is also of use to anyone interested in approaches to investigating language use. But this book offers even more. Including examples from corpus studies of written, spoken and computer-mediated academic discourse, the book provides those in the field of EAP with a range of insights into academic communication – not least the importance of attending to disciplinary variation. Each chapter is very clearly set out, with regular tasks and practical activities to engage the reader and develop skills. The practical tools and techniques are also exemplified throughout showing just how invaluable how corpus linguistics can be for the EAP practitioner. If you are interested in learning more about how corpus linguistics can inform EAP practice, wish to develop practical skills for exploring corpora, or are leading courses exploring academic discourse, then this is book for you." –Dr Carole MacDiarmid, University of Glasgow


    "The book has several strengths. First is the high replicability of the clear and detailed methodological explanations, allowing readers from various backgrounds to replicate the procedures in their explorations. Readers are pointed toward corpus tools not only allowing for working with freely general and specialized available corpora (Chapter 3), but also for self-built corpora (Chapter 5); not only for online corpora examination but also for offline corpora investigation (Chapter 6). Second is its comprehensiveness because of its broad coverage of topics, disciplines, genres (e.g., occluded genres in Chapter 4) and registers (e.g., CMAD in Chapter 9). The third one is its accessibility. It provides the types of corpora available, with home page hyperlinks and key compositions, saving readers considerable time compiling corpora." –Review by Hongyan Zhao and Jingyuan Zhang (both from the University of Science and Technology Beijing) in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes