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English Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

English Corpus Linguistics is a step-by-step guide to creating and analyzing linguistic corpora. It begins with a discussion of the role that corpus linguistics plays in linguistic theory, demonstrating that corpora have proven to be very useful resources for linguists who believe that their theories and descriptions of English should be based on real, rather than contrived, data. Charles F. Meyer goes on to describe how to plan the creation of a corpus, how to collect and computerize data for inclusion in a corpus, how to annotate the data that are collected, and how to conduct a corpus analysis of a completed corpus. The book concludes with an overview of the future challenges that corpus linguists face to make both the creation and analysis of corpora much easier undertakings than they currently are. Clearly organized and accessibly written, this book will appeal to students of linguistics and English language.
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Describing corpus linguistics as a methodology rather than a paradigm, Meyer (linguistics, U. of Massachusetts-Boston) insists on the importance of creating corpora carefully, so that those analyzing them can be sure that the results will be valid. He explains the processes of creation and analysis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'… a very welcome addition to the range of corpus linguistic publications. It offers the beginner a brief yet valuable introduction to the basic aims and - especially - the research procedures of corpus linguistics and thus serves a real need.' International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521004909
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Series: Studies in English Language Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 1,158,107
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Corpus analysis and linguistic theory 1
2 Planning the construction of a corpus 30
3 Collecting and computerizing data 55
4 Annotating a corpus 81
5 Analyzing a corpus 100
6 Future prospects in corpus linguistics 138
App. 1 Corpus resources 142
App. 2 Concordancing programs 151
References 153
Index 162
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