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Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary

A Guide for Research, 1st Edition

By Paweł Szudarski


228 pages | 37 B/W Illus.

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Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary provides a practical introduction to using corpus linguistics in vocabulary studies. Using freely available corpus tools, the author provides a step-by-step guide on how corpora can be used to explore key vocabulary-related research questions and topics such as:

  • The frequency of English words and how to choose which ones should be taught to learners;
  • How spoken vocabulary differs from written vocabulary, and how academic vocabulary differs from general vocabulary;
  • How vocabulary contributes to the structure of discourse, and the pragmatic functions it fulfils.

Featuring case studies and tasks throughout, Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary provides a clear and accessible guide and is essential reading for students and teachers wanting to understand, appreciate and conduct corpus-based research in vocabulary studies.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What is corpus linguistics?

Chapter 2 Corpus analysis: tools and statistics

Chapter 3 What is vocabulary: terminology, conceptualizations and research issues

Chapter 4 Frequency and vocabulary

Chapter 5 Corpora, phraseology and formulaic language

Chapter 6 Corpora and teaching vocabulary

Chapter 7 Corpora and learner vocabulary

Chapter 8 Specialized corpora and vocabulary

Chapter 9 Discourse, pragmatics and vocabulary

Chapter 10 Summary and research projects


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About the Author

Pawel Szudarski is a Teaching Associate in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, 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 (

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Subject Categories

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