Corpus Linguistics / Edition 1

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Corpus Linguistics seeks to provide a comprehensive sampling of real-life usage in a given language, and to use these empirical data to test language hypotheses. Modern corpus linguistics began fifty years ago, but the subject has seen explosive growth since the early 1990s. These days corpora are being used to advance virtually every aspect of language study, from computer processing techniques such as machine translation, to literary stylistics, social aspects of language use, and improved language-teaching methods.

Because corpus linguistics has grown fast from small beginnings, newcomers to the field often find it hard to get their bearings. Important papers can be difficult to track down. This volume reprints forty-two articles on corpus linguistics by an international selection of authors, which comprehensively illustrate the directions in which the subject is developing. It includes articles that are already recognized as classics, and others which deserve to become so, supplemented with editorial introductions relating the individual contributions to the field as a whole.

This collection of readings will be useful to students of corpus linguistics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as academics researching this fascinating area of linguistics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826488039
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Series: Open Linguistics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Geoffrey Sampson is Professor of Natural Language Computing at the School of Informatics, University of Sussex.

Diana McCarthy is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, in the Department of Informatics at Sussex University.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 From The structure of English (1952) 9
3 A standard corpus of edited present-day American English (1965) 27
4 On the distribution of noun-phrase types in English clause-structure (1971) 35
5 Predicting text segmentation into tone units (1986) 49
6 Typicality and meaning potentials (1986) 58
7 Historical drift in three English genres (1987) 67
8 Corpus creation (1987) 78
9 Cleft and pseudo-cleft constructions in English spoken and written discourse (1987) 85
10 What is wrong with adding one? (1989) 95
11 A statistical approach to machine translation (1990) 103
12 A point of verb syntax in South-Western British English : an analysis of a dialect continuum (1991) 113
13 Using corpus data in the Swedish Academy grammar (1991) 122
14 On the history of that zero as object clause links in English (1991) 137
15 Encoding the British National Corpus (1992) 149
16 Computer corpora - what do they tell us about culture? (1992) 160
17 Representativeness in corpus design (1992) 174
18 A corpus-driven approach to grammar : principles, methods, and examples (1993) 198
19 Structural ambiguity and lexical relations (1993) 212
20 Irony in the text or insincerity in the writer? : the diagnostic potential of semantic prosodies (1993) 229
21 Building a large annotated corpus of English : the Penn Treebank (1993) 242
22 Automatically extracting collocations from corpora for language learning (1994) 258
23 Developing and evaluating a probabilistic LR parser of part-of-speech and punctuation labels (1995) 267
24 Why a Fiji corpus? (1996) 276
25 Treebank grammars (1996) 285
26 English corpus linguistics and the foreign-language teaching syllabus (1996) 293
27 Data-oriented language processing : an overview (1996) 304
28 Conflict talk : a comparison of the verbal disputes between adolescent females in two corpora (1996) 326
29 Assessing agreement on classification tasks : the kappa statistic (1996) 335
30 Linguistic and interactional features of internet Relay Chat (1996) 340
31 Distinguishing systems and distinguishing senses : new evaluation methods for word-sense disambiguation (1997) 353
32 Qualification and certainty in L1 and L2 students writing (1997) 371
33 Analysing and predicting patterns of DAMSL utterance tags (1998) 387
34 Assessing claims about language use with corpus data - swearing and abuse (1998) 396
35 The syntax of disfluency in spontaneous spoken language (1998) 404
36 The use of large text corpora for evaluating text-to-speech systems (1998) 421
37 The Prague Dependency Treebank : how much of the underlying syntactic structure can be tagged automatically? (1999) 427
38 Reflections of a dendrographer (1999) 434
39 A generic approach to software support for linguistic annotation using XML (2000) 449
40 Europe's ignored languages (2001) 460
41 Semi-automatic tagging of intonation in French spoken corpora (2001) 462
42 Web as corpus (2001) 471
43 Intonational variation in the British Isles (2002) 474
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