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Corpus Linguistics for Translation and Contrastive Studies

A guide for research, 1st Edition

By Mikhail Mikhailov, Robert Cooper


234 pages

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Corpus Linguistics for Translation and Contrastive Studies provides a clear and practical introduction to using corpora in these fields. Giving special attention to parallel corpora, which are collections of texts in two or more languages, and demonstrating the potential benefits for multilingual corpus linguistics research to both translators and researchers, this book:

  • explores the different types of parallel corpora available, and shows how to use basic and advanced search procedures to analyse them;
  • explains how to compile a parallel corpus, and discusses their uses for translation purposes and to research linguistic phenomena across languages;
  • demonstrates the use of corpus extracts across a wide range of texts, including dictionaries, novels by authors including Jane Austen and Mikhail Bulgakov, and newspapers such as The Sunday Times;
  • is illustrated with case studies from a range of languages including Finnish, Russian, English and French.

Written by two experienced researchers and practitioners, Corpus Linguistics for Translation and Contrastive Studies is essential reading for postgraduate students and researchers working within the area of translation and contrastive studies.


"Corpus Linguistics for Translation and Contrastive Studies is an invaluable guide to methods and procedures for dealing with multilingual corpora as well as a source of ideas for how the corpora can be used for different types of linguistic research."

Karin Aijmer, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

"This is an excellent book which fills a genuine gap very well. The authors are highly experienced, and the book communicates their expertise clearly and thoroughly."

Raphael Salkie, University of Brighton, UK

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Parallel Text Corpora: a General Overview

Chapter 2 Designing and Compiling a Parallel Corpus

Chapter 3 Using Parallel Corpora: Basic Search Procedures

Chapter 4 Processing Search Results

Chapter 5 Using Parallel Corpora: More Advanced Search Procedures

Chapter 6 Applications of Parallel Corpora

Chapter 7 A Survey of Available Parallel Corpora

About the Authors

Mikhail Mikhailov is Professor of Translation Studies (Russian and Finnish) at the University of Tampere, Finland.

Robert Cooper is a former Lecturer in English at the University of Tampere, Finland.

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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Subject Categories

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