Corpora in Applied Linguistics

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Corpus linguistics is leading to the development of theories about language which challenge existing orthodoxies in applied linguistics. However, there are also many questions which should be examined and debated: how big should a corpus be? Is the data from a corpus reliable? What are its applications for language teaching? Corpora in Applied Linguistics exams these and other questions related to this emerging field. It discusses these important issues and explores the techniques of investigating a corpus, as well as demonstrating the application of corpora in a wide variety of fields. It also outlines the impact corpus linguistics is having on how languages are taught in the classroom and how it is informing language teaching materials and dictionaries. It makes a superb and accessible introduction to corpus linguistics and is a must read for anyone interested in corpus linguistics and its impact on applied linguistics.
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Hunston's (U. of Birmingham) text introduces students of applied linguistics to corpus investigation. Coverage includes the effect of corpus studies on theories of language and how languages should be described, a critical approach to the methods used in investigating corpora, and a comparison between these methods. The reader will gain an understanding of how language, more specifically English, works, and how a knowledge about language can be applied to language teaching and to contexts other than language teaching. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This volume...contains an excellent description of the different kinds of tools that have been used in corpus research, and is well worth reading by novices in this field." - Florence Myles, University of Newcastle
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521801713
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' preface
1 Introduction to a corpus in use 1
2 The corpus as object: Design and purpose 25
3 Methods in corpus linguistics: Interpreting concordance lines 38
4 Methods in corpus linguistics: Beyond the concordance line 67
5 Applications of corpora in applied linguistics 96
6 Corpora and language teaching: Issues of language description 137
7 Corpora and language teaching: General applications 170
8 Corpora and language teaching: Specific applications 198
9 An applied linguist looks at corpora 213
List of relevant web-sites 217
References 218
Index 233
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