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Corpus Linguistics for Vocabulary
A Guide for Research





ISBN 9781138187221
Published October 3, 2017 by Routledge
238 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

Introduction  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  Glossary  Commentary on Tasks

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Biography

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

Reviews

"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