English Corpus Linguistics - LAN00032H
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Department: Language and Linguistic Science
Module co-ordinator: Prof. Dunstan Brown
Credit value: 20 credits
Credit level: H
Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
Corpus linguistics uses real world data for the analysis of language. In this module you'll learn about how we can use a corpus (body of texts) to discover patterns of usage in English and investigate variation and change. Assuming no prior knowledge, we'll teach the valuable skills you need to use standard text analysis software, check your own ideas and discover patterns yourself.
Either LAN00001C OR LAN00011C Module will run
Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23
The aim of this module is:
to introduce students to major ideas in the field of corpus linguistics
to investigate and describe aspects of the structure of English as represented in corpus data
to compare, contrast, and relate theoretical and empirical approaches to language study
to teach basic statistical skills appropriate to linguistic analysis
to teach the basics of good research design
The emphasis throughout is on data collection and analysis, descriptive adequacy, argumentation, and written/oral presentation skills.
Module learning outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:
make use of corpus data to investigate different aspects of language use
recognize and explain complex patterns in linguistic data
form valid generalizations about language from corpus data
express grammatical concepts clearly and concisely
design and carry out a small research project using corpus data
summarize and present findings in a style appropriate to the norms of the discipline
understand and apply basic statistical concepts relevant to linguistic analysis
% of module mark
Essay/coursework English Corpus Linguistics - Dossier
Essay/coursework English Corpus Linguistics - Project
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework English Corpus Linguistics - Written Tasks re-assessment
Students will receive continuous verbal feedback in practicals and seminars. Written feedback on summative work will be provided within 20 working days.
McEnery, Tony (2012).
Corpus linguistics: method, theory and practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Chapters 1, 2 and 5).
McEnery, Tony; Richard Xiao and Yukio Tono (2006).
Corpus-based language studies: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge (Sections A1-A4, A6-A7 and B3-B4).
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