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Corpus Linguistics for Online Communication

A Guide for Research, 1st Edition

By Luke Curtis Collins


206 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Corpus Linguistics for Online Communication provides an instructive and practical guide to conducting research using methods in corpus linguistics in studies of various forms of online communication. Offering practical exercises and drawing on original data taken from online interactions, this book:

  • introduces the basics of corpus linguistics, including what is involved in designing and building a corpus;
  • reviews cutting-edge studies of online communication using corpus linguistics, foregrounding different analytical components to facilitate studies in professional discourse, online learning, public understanding of health issues and dating apps;
  • showcases both freely-available corpora and the innovative tools that students and researchers can access to carry out their own research.

Corpus Linguistics for Online Communication supports researchers and students in generating high quality, applied research and is essential reading for those studying and researching in this area.


"Collins has produced an extremely useful and practical resource for understanding how to use corpora to explore online communication. This book provides invaluable insight into not only the design and analysis of corpora, but also the technical and ethical considerations at stake. It is a very welcome addition to the area."

Dr Michele Zappavigna, University of New South Wales, Australia

Table of Contents

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1 What is corpus linguistics?

2 Designing and building corpora

3 Analysing corpora

4 Online communication: corpus approaches

5 Business and organisational communication online: the Dukki Facebook corpus

6 Online learning platforms: the Nottingham Online Business Learner English (NOBLE) corpus

7 Online user comments: A corpus of the responses to news on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

8 Dating apps: A Tinder corpus

9 Corpus linguistics in perspective



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About the Author

Luke Curtis Collins is a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University, UK.

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 ([email protected]).

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Subject Categories

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