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Corpus Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics
Investigating Language Structure and Use



Part of Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics

  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521499576

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  • This book is about investigating the way people use language in speech and writing. It introduces the corpus-based approach to linguistics, based on analysis of large databases of real language examples stored on computer. Each chapter focuses on a different area of linguistics, including lexicography, grammar, discourse, register variation, language acquisition, and historical linguistics. Example analyses are presented in each chapter to provide concrete descriptions of the research methods and advantages of corpus-based techniques. Ten methodology boxes provide clear and concise explanations of the issues in doing corpus-based research and reading corpus-based studies and there is a useful appendix of resources for corpus-based investigation. This lucid and comprehensive introduction to the subject will be welcomed by a broad range of readers, from undergraduate students to professional researchers.

    • Introduces the corpus-based approach to linguistics, based on analysis of large databases of real language examples stored on computer
    • Examples of analyses investigating real research questions in every chapter to make every explanation concrete
    • Methodology boxes provide concise, clear explanations of issues involved in doing corpus-based research and reading corpus-based methods
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    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521499576
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 199 x 130 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: goals and methods of the corpus-based approach
    Part I. Investigating the Use of Language Features:
    2. Lexicography
    3. Grammar
    4. Lexico-grammar
    5. The study of discourse characteristics
    Part II. Investigating the Characteristics of Varieties:
    6. Register variation and English for specific purposes
    7. Language acquisition and development
    8. Historical and stylistic investigations
    Part III. Summing Up and Looking Ahead:
    9. Conclusion
    Part IV. Methodology Boxes:
    10. Issues in corpus design
    11. Issues in diachronic corpus design
    12. Concordancing packages versus programming for corpus analysis
    13. Characteristics of tagged corpora
    14. The process of tagging
    15. Norming frequency counts
    16. Statistical measures of lexical associations
    17. The unit of analysis in corpus-based studies
    18. Significance tests and the reporting of statistics
    19. Factor loadings and dimension scores
    Appendix: commercially available corpora and analytical tools

  • Authors

    Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University

    Susan Conrad, Iowa State University

    Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University

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