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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Paweł Szudarski is a Teaching Associate in the School of English at the University of Nottingham, UK.