Corpus: Use and research
Corpora in Applied Linguistics
Professor Susan Hunston is Head of School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. She has a wealth of experience working in the fields of Applied Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics and is author of numerous publications, including Corpora in Applied Linguistics. She was Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics until 2009, and is currently co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics series, with Carol Chapelle.
'It's as if you've got a little house in your mind and occasionally you come across an idea that doesn’t just move the furniture around, but it actually moves the walls and creates whole new spaces in your mind.'
Listen to Susan Hunston as she talks about:
- how corpus linguistics is changing
- becoming and staying interested in linguistics
- areas she wishes she had time to explore
- what she enjoys most about being a linguist
'Here we are not looking at what we can learn about language use from a corpus, rather we are looking at what corpora can tell us about our own teaching and ourselves as part of a professional cohort.'
Explorations in Corpus Linguistics (PDF)
In this booklet, Michael McCarthy examines:
- what fluent speakers do
- multi-word clusters in spoken English as visible patterns of interaction
- ten criteria for spoken grammar
Why I love corpora (PDF)
Corpus users tell us about the times when they thanked their lucky stars for corpora.
Can you remember a time when you realised how amazing corpora are? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we'd love to read your comments!