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The Role of Corpus Linguistics in the Ethnography of a Closed Community

Survival Communication, 1st Edition

By Kieran Harrington


238 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The Role of Corpus Linguistics in the Ethnography of a Closed Community analyses the interactions of immigrants within an Irish reception centre for asylum seekers to highlight the instinctive resourcefulness of people who are faced with the challenge of communicating when there is no common language or culture. Based on three years of ethnographical observation and using an illuminating and innovative blending of applied methodologies, chiefly corpus linguistics, ethnography and conversation analysis, this book:

  • Draws upon a corpus of 98,000 words;
  • Examines the use of English in the interactions of residents with one another and those with English speaking staff of the centre;
  • Challenges constructs such as speech community, communicative competence and interlanguage.

This book is essential reading for academics and upper-level undergraduates or graduates working in the areas of Corpus Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, and those interested in research methodologies. It will also prove to be of significant interest to people interested in migration studies and to providers of English language education to immigrants.

Table of Contents

1. Introductions

2. Frameworks

3. Methodologies

4. Contexts

5. Situations

6. Words

7. Grammars

8. Transactions

9. Negotiations

10. Interactions

11. Conclusions


Appendix I

Appendix II

Appendix III

Appendix V

About the Author

Kieran Harrington is Vertretung Professor of Applied Linguistics and English Language Education at The Institute of English and American Studies, TU Dortmund University.

About the Series

Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics

The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics Series is a series of monograph studies exhibiting cutting-edge research in the field of corpus linguistics.

Corpus linguistics is one of the most dynamic and rapidly developing areas of the field of language studies and it is difficult to see a future for empirical language research where results are not replicable by reference to corpus data. The aim of the series is to showcase the latest research in the field of applied language studies where corpus findings are at the forefront of the research.

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