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Corpus Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics
Investigating Language Structure and Use

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Part of Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics

  • Date Published: May 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 the study of language, based on analysis of large databases of real language examples and illustrates exciting new findings about language and the different ways that people speak and write. The book is important both for its step-by-step descriptions of research methods and for its findings about grammar and vocabulary, language use, language learning, and differences in language use across texts and user groups.

    • 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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    "This book could be used as part of the curriculum for an introductory corpus linguistics class, especially for students with a humanities background." Vasileios Hatzivassiloglou, Computational Linguistics

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    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521499576
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 33 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    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
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Douglas Biber, Northern Arizona University

    Susan Conrad, Iowa State University

    Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University

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