Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics

Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics

by Stefania Marzo, Kris Heylen, Gert De Sutter, Dirk No?l
     
 
Contrastive Linguistics, like other linguistic disciplines, is becoming more and more data-oriented, relying increasingly on the statistical analysis of corpus data to reveal and investigate the similarities and dissimilarities between languages. The volume Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics illustrates this current trend with a representative sample of

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Contrastive Linguistics, like other linguistic disciplines, is becoming more and more data-oriented, relying increasingly on the statistical analysis of corpus data to reveal and investigate the similarities and dissimilarities between languages. The volume Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics illustrates this current trend with a representative sample of contrastive linguistic case studies. These cover a range of linguistic phenomena (syntax, modality and discourse) and pursue different types of research questions (grammaticalization, pragmatic function, stylistic function, typological profile). Accordingly, they use different types of corpora: contemporary and historical texts, written and spoken discourse, and various text types, such as academic discourse and political discourse. Five different languages are represented (English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Lithuanian) with English as a language of comparison in each contribution. The studies all show that quantitative analyses are not at odds with insightful qualitative interpretations or functional approaches to language, but rather complement each other. This volume was orginally published as a special issue of International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15:2 (2010).

Editorial Reviews

Chris Butler
The six articles in this volume illustrate very clearly the power of quantitative corpus-based approaches in revealing cross-linguistic similarities and differences across a range of five European languages. The book will be essential reading for anyone wishing to explore how computer-based analysis of texts can help us to understand the complexities of interlinguistic patterns.
Richard Xiao
This book represents an impressive new collection of studies that have not only provided many incisive insights into cross-linguistic differences and similarities in the languages investigated, but have also demonstrated the power of corpus-based approaches to contrastive linguistic research.
Karin Aijmer
The current volume illustrates the vitality of a new discipline of corpus-based Contrastive linguistics. The contributions cover a wide range of phenomena in grammar, pragmatics and discourse using many types of corpora.
Jesús Fernández-Domínguez
This is an attractive and readable volume that will hopefully encourage future attempts in the subject of contrastive linguistics, for the languages examined here and beyond. It will be of interest to scholars already working in cross-linguistic areas of language, especially those with a focus on pragmatics and discourse studies, but maybe not so much so to the uninitiated in the field of contrastive linguistics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789027202628
Publisher:
John Benjamins Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/05/2012
Series:
Benjamins Current Topics Series, #43
Pages:
177

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