Patterns and Meanings: Using Corpora for English Language Research and Teaching

Patterns and Meanings: Using Corpora for English Language Research and Teaching

by Alan Partington
     
 

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Patterns and Meaning consists of case studies which make use of corpora and concordance technology. Each case study elaborates a problem area, makes reference to both the descriptive and applied literature thus far, and then suggests ways of exploiting corpus data to shed light on the problem. Language phenomena investigated include word sense, phraseology and syntax,…  See more details below

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Patterns and Meaning consists of case studies which make use of corpora and concordance technology. Each case study elaborates a problem area, makes reference to both the descriptive and applied literature thus far, and then suggests ways of exploiting corpus data to shed light on the problem. Language phenomena investigated include word sense, phraseology and syntax, metaphor and creative use, text reference, idiom, and translation. Emphasis is given to information that usually cannot be found in dictionaries, grammars, language textbooks or other resources, but which the study of corpus data makes available. This work is particularly important not only for its language description insights, but also for pedagogical application. Further useful suggestions are included on setting up a medium-sized corpus on a personal computer.

Editorial Reviews

Susan Hunston
An extremely useful book to use with students taking a corpus linguistics option in an MA program, for instance — it would provide a convenient introduction to their own project work.
Morton Benson
This book provides a valuable approach to the growing body of literature on the study of linguistic analysis in an era of computer-driven technology. It should be of interest to scholars who focus on corpus linguistics.
Michael Barlow
Since Patterns and Meanings combines an excellent overview of corpus linguistics illustrated by a series of insightful and original analyses, it is likely to become a popular textbook in corpus linguistics courses.
GranTime News 99:3
Partington writes a very pleasant, sometimes almost colloquial prose, and puts forward his ideas and comments in a balanced, understated way which adds to making the book highly attractive.
Hans Lindquist
Partington writes in an elegant, clear, and informal style, putting forth his ideas and comments in a balanced, understated way wich makes the book very pleasant reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556193439
Publisher:
Benjamins, John Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Studies in Corpus Linguistics Series
Pages:
168

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