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Corpora are well-established as a resource for language research; they are now also increasingly being used for teaching purposes. This book is the first of its kind to deal explicitly and in a wide-ranging way with the use of corpora in teaching. It contains an extensive collection of articles by corpus linguists and practising teachers, covering not only the use of data to inform and create teaching materials but also the direct exploitation of corpora by students, both in the study of linguistics in general ...

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Teaching and Language Corpora

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Overview

Corpora are well-established as a resource for language research; they are now also increasingly being used for teaching purposes. This book is the first of its kind to deal explicitly and in a wide-ranging way with the use of corpora in teaching. It contains an extensive collection of articles by corpus linguists and practising teachers, covering not only the use of data to inform and create teaching materials but also the direct exploitation of corpora by students, both in the study of linguistics in general and in the acquisition of proficiency in individual languages, including English, Welsh, German, French and Italian. In addition, the book offers practical information on the sources of corpora and concordances, including those suitable for work on non-roman scripts such as Greek and Cyrillic.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Editors' acknowledgements
Publisher's acknowledgements
Contributors
General Introduction
1 Teaching and Language Corpora: a Convergence 1
Sect. A Why Use Corpora? 25
2 Corpus Evidence in Language Description 27
3 Corpora and the Teaching of English in Germany 40
4 Enriching the Learning Environment: Corpora in ELT 51
Sect. B Teaching Languages 65
5 All the Language that's Fit to Print: Using British and American Newspaper CD-ROMs as Corpora 67
6 Exploring Texts through the Concordancer: Guiding the Learner 83
7 Contexts: the Background, Development and Trialling of a Concordance-based CALL Program 100
8 The Automatic Generation of CALL Exercises from General Corpora 116
9 Exploiting a Corpus of Written German for Advanced Language Learning 131
10 Creating and Using a Corpus of Spoken German 146
11 The Role of Corpora in Studying and Promoting Welsh 157
Sect. C Teaching Linguistics 173
12 Micro- and Macrolinguistics for Natural Language Processing 175
13 Using a Corpus to Evaluate Theories of Child Language Acquisition 186
14 Using Corpora for the Diachronic Study of English 195
15 The Use of Annotated Speech Corpora in the Teaching of Prosody 211
16 Corpus and Concordance: Finding out about Style 224
17 The Role of Corpora in Critical Literary Appreciation 240
Sect. D Practical Perspectives 253
18 Teaching Corpus Linguistics to Teachers of English 255
19 First Catch your Corpus: Building a French Undergraduate Corpus from Readily Available Textual Resources 267
20 Creating and Processing Corpora in Greek and Cyrillic Alphabets on the Personal Computer 277
21 Developing a Computing Infrastructure for Corpus-based Teaching 292
App. 1 Further Investigation: a Brief Guide 311
App. 2 Sources of Information and Electronic Texts 313
App. 3 Corpora Mentioned in this Book 318
App. 4 Software Mentioned in this Book 321
App. 5 An Informal Glossary of Computing Terms 323
References 327
Index 340
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