1st Edition

Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary A Guide for Research

By Paweł Szudarski Copyright 2018
    238 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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

    Commentary on Tasks


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

    "Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary is a clear and accessible volume that provides an invaluable overview of the use of corpora for vocabulary research. Szudarski’s work is comprehensive and well-informed, and will function as a useful point of reference for students and researchers interested in a various aspects of vocabulary use and research."

    Dr Dawn Knight, Cardiff University, UK

    "A comprehensive guide to doing vocabulary research using corpora. This introductory volume is intended for early-stage researchers, teachers and practitioners with little or no knowledge of corpus methodology and tools. An excellent starting point for anyone wishing to explore the many and varied ways in which we use vocabulary, single words and multi-word expressions."

    Dr Anna Siyanova-Chanturia, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand