The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics  book cover
2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics

ISBN 9780367076382
Published February 9, 2022 by Routledge
754 Pages 87 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $270.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics 2e provides an updated overview of a dynamic and rapidly growing area with a widely applied methodology. Over a decade on from the first edition of the Handbook, this collection of 47 chapters from experts in key areas offers a comprehensive introduction to both the development and use of corpora as well as their ever-evolving applications to other areas, such as digital humanities, sociolinguistics, stylistics, translation studies, materials design, language teaching and teacher development, media discourse, discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, second language acquisition and testing.

The new edition updates all core chapters and includes new chapters on corpus linguistics and statistics, digital humanities, translation, phonetics and phonology, second language acquisition, social media and theoretical perspectives. Chapters provide annotated further reading lists and step-by-step guides as well as detailed overviews across a wide range of themes. The Handbook also includes a wealth of case studies that draw on some of the many new corpora and corpus tools that have emerged in the last decade.

Organised across four themes, moving from the basic start-up topics such as corpus building and design to analysis, application and reflection, this second edition remains a crucial point of reference for advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and scholars in applied linguistics.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Contributors



‘Of what is past, or passing, or to come’: Corpus linguistics, changes and challenges

Anne O'Keeffe and Michael McCarthy


Section 1

Building and designing a corpus: the basics



Building a corpus: what are the key considerations?

Randi Reppen


Building a spoken corpus: what are the basics?

Dawn Knight and Svenja Adolphs


Building a written corpus: what are the basics?

Tony McEnery and Gavin Brookes


Building small specialised corpora

Almut Koester


Building a corpus to represent a variety of a language

Brian Clancy


Building a specialised audio-visual corpus

Paul Thompson


What corpora are available?

Martin Weisser


What can corpus software do?

Laurence Anthony


What are the basics of analysing a corpus?

Christian Jones


How can a corpus be used to explore patterns?

Susan Hunston


What can corpus software reveal about language development?

Xiaofei Lu


How to use statistics in quantitative corpus analysis?

Stefan Th. Gries 


Section 2

Using a corpus to investigate language



What can a corpus tell us about lexis?

David Oakey


What can a corpus tell us about multi-word units?

Chris Greaves and Martin Warren


What can a corpus tell us about grammar?

Susan Conrad


What can a corpus tell us about registers and genres?

Bethany Gray


What can a corpus tell us about discourse?

Gerlinde Mautner


What can a corpus tell us about pragmatics?

Christoph Rühlemann


What can a corpus tell us about phonetic and phonological variation?

Alexandra Vella and Sarah Grech


Section 3

Corpora, Language Pedagogy and Language Acquisition



What can a corpus tell us about language teaching?

Winnie Cheng and Phoenix Lam


What can corpora tell us about language learning? 

Pascual Pérez-Paredes and Geraldine Mark


What can CL tell us about second language acquisition?

Ute Römer and Jamie Garner


What can a corpus tell us about vocabulary teaching materials?

Martha Jones and Philip Durrant


What a corpus tells us about grammar teaching materials?

Graham Burton


Corpus-informed course book design

Jeanne McCarten


Using corpora to write dictionaries

Geraint Rees


What can corpora tell us about English for Academic Purposes?

Oliver Balance and Averil Coxhead


What is data-driven learning?

Angela Chambers


Using data-driven learning in language teaching

Gaëtanelle Gilquin and Sylviane Granger


Using corpora for writing instruction

Lynne Flowerdew


How can corpora be used in teacher education?

Fiona Farr


How can teachers use a corpus for their own research?

Elaine Vaughan


Section 4

Corpora and Applied Research



How to use corpora for translation

Silvia Bernardini


Using corpus linguistics to explore the language of poetry: a stylometric approach to Yeats’ poems

Dan McIntyre and Brian Walker


Using corpus linguistics to explore literary speech representation: non-standard language in fiction

Carolina P. Amador-Moreno and Ana Mª Terrazas-Calero


Exploring narrative fiction: corpora and digital humanities projects

Michaela Mahlberg and Viola Wiegand


Corpora and the language of films: exploring dialogue in English and Italian

Maria Pavesi


How to use corpus linguistics in sociolinguistics: a case study of modal verb use, age and change over time

Paul Baker and Frazer Heritage


Corpus linguistics in the study of news media

Anna Marchi


How to use corpus linguistics in forensic linguistics

Mathew Gillings


Corpus linguistics in the study of political discourse: recent directions

Charlotte Taylor


Corpus linguistics and health communication: Using corpora to examine the representation of health and illness

Gavin Brookes, Sarah Atkins and Kevin Harvey


Corpus linguistics and intercultural communication: avoiding the essentialist trap

Mike Handford


Corpora in language testing: developments, challenges and opportunities

Sara Cushing


Corpus linguistics and the study of social media: a case study using multi-dimensional analysis

Tony Berber Sardinha


Posthumanism and corpus linguistics

Kieran O'Halloran


View More



Anne O’Keeffe is Senior Lecturer at MIC, University of Limerick, Ireland. Her publications include the titles From Corpus to Classroom (2007), English Grammar Today (2011), Introducing Pragmatics in Use (2nd edition 2020) and as co-editor The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (1st edition 2010). With Geraldine Mark, she was co-Principal Investigator of the English Grammar Profile. She is co-editor, with Michael J. McCarthy, of two book series: The Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides and The Routledge Applied Corpus Linguistics.

Michael J. McCarthy is Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham. He is (co)author/(co)editor of 57 books, including Touchstone, Viewpoint, The Cambridge Grammar of English, English Grammar Today, From Corpus to Classroom, Innovations and Challenge in Grammar and titles in the English Vocabulary in Use series. He is author/co-author of 120 academic papers. He was co-founder of the CANCODE and CANBEC spoken English corpora projects. His recent research has focused on spoken grammar. He has taught in the UK, Europe and Asia and has been involved in language teaching and applied linguistics for 55 years.


This outstanding volume manages to be three things at once: a manual on how to ‘do’ corpus linguistics; a showcase of the state of the art in corpus linguistics and its wide range of applications; and a source of new insights and research directions. As such, it will be a major point of reference for budding and seasoned corpus linguists for many years to come.

Elena Semino, Lancaster University, UK