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Corpus Linguistics for Grammar

A guide for research, 1st Edition

By Christian Jones, Daniel Waller


202 pages

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Corpus Linguistics for Grammar provides an accessible and practical introduction to the use of corpus linguistics to analyse grammar, demonstrating the wider application of corpus data and providing readers with all the skills and information they need to carry out their own corpus-based research.

This book:

  • explores the kinds of corpora available and the tools which can be used to analyse them;
  • looks at specific ways in which features of grammar can be explored using a corpus through analysis of areas such as frequency and colligation;
  • contains exercises, worked examples and suggestions for further practice with each chapter;
  • provides three illustrative examples of potential research projects in the areas of English Literature, TESOL and English Language.

Corpus Linguistics for Grammar is essential reading for students undertaking corpus-based research into grammar, or studying within the areas of English Language, Literature, Applied Linguistics and TESOL.


"Christian Jones and Daniel Waller are to be commended for creating an accessible, informative, and authoritative introduction to corpus linguistics. This comprehensive and up-to-date book should be required reading for both advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students in language teaching, Applied Linguistics and TESOL education programs."

Todd Hernández, Marquette University, USA

"This valuable ‘how-to’ guide for carrying out grammar research is very accessible and contains lots of self-study exercises for the reader to try out."

Colin Thompson, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan

"Corpus Linguistics for Grammar provides a strong and clear argument in favour of using corpus analysis to improve knowledge and understanding of grammar and also offers many useful examples of research projects in this increasingly important area of study for students and teachers of language."

John Cross, University of Electro-Communications and Tokai University, Japan, in JALT Journal

Table of Contents


Part 1. Defining Grammar and Using Corpora

Chapter 1. What is a corpus? What can a corpus tell us?

Chapter 2. Definitions of a Descriptive Grammar

Chapter 3. What corpora can we access and what tools can we use to analyse them?

Part 2. Corpus Linguistics for Grammar: Areas of Investigation

Chapter 4. Frequency

Chapter 5. Chunks and Colligation

Chapter 6. Semantic Prosody

Part 3. Applications of Research

Chapter 7. Applications to English Language Teaching

Chapter 8. Wider Applications: Data-Driven Journalism and Discourse Analysis

Chapter 9. Research Projects

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About the Authors

Christian Jones is Senior Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Central Lancashire. He has over twenty years of experience in English language teaching and has worked in the Japan, the UK and Thailand, as well as delivering courses in China.

Daniel Waller is Senior Lecturer in ELT, Testing and TESOL at the University of Central Lancashire. He has over twenty years of experience in English language teaching and has worked in the UK and Turkey as well as delivering courses in China and Hong Kong.

About the Series

Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides

Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides provide accessible and practical introductions to using corpus linguistic methods in key sub-fields within linguistics. Corpus linguistics is one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing areas in the field of language studies, and use of corpora is an important part of modern linguistic research. Books in this series provide the ideal guide for students and researchers using corpus data for research and study in a variety of subject areas.

This series was co-founded by Ronald Carter (1947-2018).

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact the Series Editors, Michael McCarthy and Anne O’Keeffe (

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