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Corpus Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics

Four Volume Set
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March 2012 | 1 592 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Corpus linguistics is a research approach to investigate the patterns of language use empirically, based on analysis of large collections of natural texts. While corpus-based analysis has had relatively little influence on theoretical linguistics, it has revolutionized the study of language variation and use: what speakers and writers actually do with the lexical and grammatical resources of a language. Corpus-based research employs the research methods of quantitative and qualitative social science to investigate language use patterns empirically.

This four-volume collection is organized around linguistic research questions that can be investigated from a corpus perspective and includes amongst others studies of individual words, comparisons of supposedly synonymous words, studies of grammatical variation, and sociolinguistic studies of dialects, registers, styles, and world varieties. Corpus-based analysis has also proven to be important for the study of historical change.

Volume One: Lexical Studies focuses on the study of word use, describing the 'collocational' associations of words, and describing phraseological patterns in a language.

Volume Two: Grammar moves on to research questions that relate to grammar, including the special uses of a grammatical feature in a particular register, the discourse factors influencing the choice among grammatical variants, and lexico-grammatical patterns of association.

Volume Three: Language Varieties investigates registers, dialects, and national varieties of English. Some of these studies describe the characteristics of a particular variety; describe the ways in which registers or dialects differ in their preference for particular linguistic variants.

Volume Four: Methods and Applications addresses two major considerations: corpus design and analytical methods. This volume also includes a section on analyses of the patterns of use for learners of English as well as a section on the pedagogical implications of corpus research.

Volume I: Lexical Studies
Word Use
Stephanie Lindemann and Anne Mauranen
“It’s Just Real Messy”: The Occurrence and Function of Just in a Corpus of Academic Speech
Collocations and Semantic Prosody
Chris Gledhill
The Discourse Function of Collocation in Research Article Introductions
Susan Hunston and Gill Francis
Verbs Observed: A Corpus-driven Pedagogic Grammar
John Morley and Alan Partington
A Few Frequently Asked Questions about Semantic - or Evaluative - Prosody
Nadja Nesselhauf
The Use of Collocations by Advanced Learners of English and Some Implications for Teaching
Alan Partington
''Utterly Content in Each Other's Company:'' Semantic Prosody and Semantic Preference
Antoinette Renouf and Jayeeta Banerjee
Lexical Repulsion between Sense-Related Pairs
Michael Stubbs
Collocations and Semantic Profiles: On the Cause of the Trouble with Quantitative Studies
Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad and Viviana Cortes
If You Look at...: Lexical Bundles in University Teaching and Textbooks
Winnie Cheng, Chris Greaves, John McH. Sinclair and Martin Warren
Uncovering the Extent of the Phraseological Tendency: Towards a Systematic Analysis of Concgrams
Michaela Mahlberg
Clusters, Key Clusters and Local Textual Functions in Dickens
Anna Mauranen
Chunking in ELF: Expressions for Managing Interaction
Hilary Nesi and Helen Basturkmen
Lexical Bundles and Discourse Signalling in Academic Lectures
Ute Römer
Establishing the Phraseological Profile of a Text Type: The Construction of Meaning in Academic Book Reviews
Rita Simpson and Dushyanthi Mendis
A Corpus-Based Study of Idioms in Academic Speech
Rita Simpson-Vlach and Nick C. Ellis
An Academic Formulas List: New Methods in Phraseology Research
Volume II: Grammar
Analysis of Grammatical Features and Grammatical Variation
Maggie Charles
Argument or Evidence? Disciplinary Variation in the Use of the Noun That Pattern in Stance Construction
Stefan Th. Gries
Testing the Sub-Test : An Analysis of English -ic and -ical Adjectives
Ken Hyland and Polly Tse
Hooking the Reader: A Corpus Study of Evaluative That in Abstracts
Brian Riordan
There's Two Ways to Say It: Modeling Nonprestige There’s
Hongyin Tao and Michael J. McCarthy
Understanding Non-Restrictive Which-Clauses in Spoken English, Which Is Not an Easy Thing
Historical Studies of Grammatical Variation
Lars Hinrichs and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Recent Changes in the Function and Frequency of Standard English Genitive Constructions: A Multivariate Analysis of Tagged Corpora
Christian Mair
Three Changing Patterns of Verb Complementation in Late Modern English: A Real-time Study Based on Matching Text Corpora
Grammar and Pragmatics
Susan Fitzmaurice
Politeness and Modal Meaning in the Construction of Humiliative Discourse in an Early Eighteenth-century Network of Patron-Client Relationships
Andreas H. Jucker and Irma Taavitsainen
Diachronic Speech Act Analysis: Insults from Flyting to Flaming
Geoffrey Leech
Grammars of Spoken English: New Outcomes of Corpus-Oriented Research
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Language Users as Creatures of Habit: A Corpus-based Analysis of Persistence in Spoken English
Lexico-Grammatical Studies
Nadja Nesselhauf and Ute Römer
Lexical-grammatical Patterns in Spoken English: The Case of the Progressive with Future Time Reference
Anatol Stefanowitsch and Stefan Th. Gries
Collostructions: Investigating the Interaction of Words and Constructions
Volume III: Varieties
Descriptions of a Register
Dwight Atkinson
The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1675-1975: A Sociohistorical Discourse Analysis
Eric Friginal
Linguistic Variation in the Discourse of Outsourced Call Centers
Budsaba Kanoksilapatham
Rhetorical Structure of Biochemistry Research Articles
Irma Taavitsainen and Päivi Pahta
Conventions of Professional Writing: The Medical Case Report in a Historical Perspective
Thomas A. Upton and Ulla Connor
Using Computerized Corpus Analysis to Investigate the Textlinguistic Discourse Moves of a Genre
Register Variation
Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad, Randi Reppen, Pat Byrd and Marie Helt
Speaking and Writing in the University: A Multidimensional Comparison
Douglas Biber, Mark Davies, James K. Jones and Nicole Tracy-Ventura
Spoken and Written Register Variation in Spanish: A Multi-dimensional Analysis
Marianne Hundt and Christian Mair
''Agile'' and ''Uptight'' Genres: The Corpus-based Approach to Language Change in Progress
Dialect Variation
Terttu Nevalainen
Gender Differences in the Evolution of Standard English: Evidence from the Corpus of Early English Correspondence
Sali A. Tagliamonte and Alexandra D'Arcy
Frequency and Variation in the Community Grammar: Tracking a New Change through the Generations
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Corpus-based Dialectometry: A Methodological Sketch
National Varieties and World Englishes
Marianne Hundt
The Committee Has/Have Decided... On Concord Patterns with Collective Nouns in Inner- and Outer- Circle Varieties of English
Joybrato Mukherjee and Sebastian Hoffmann
Describing Verb-Complementational Profiles of New Englishes: A Pilot Study of Indian English
Josef Schmied
Cultural Discourse in the Corpus of East African English and beyond: Possibilities and Problems of Lexical and Collocational Research in a One Million-word Corpus
Gunnel Tottie and Sebastian Hoffmann
Tag Questions in English: The First Century
Volume IV: Methods and Applications
Corpus Design
Douglas Biber
Representativeness in Corpus Design
Jonathan Culpeper and Merja Kytö
Data in Historical Pragmatics: Spoken Interaction (Re)Cast as Writing
Merja Kytö and Terry Walker
The Linguistic Study of Early Modern English Speech-Related Texts: How “Bad” Can “Bad” Data Be?
Analytical Methods
Jonathan Culpeper
Keyness: Words, Parts-of-Speech and Semantic Categories in the Character-Talk of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Stefan Th. Gries
Dispersions and Adjusted Frequencies in Corpora
Adam Kilgarriff
Comparing Corpora
Paul Rayson
From Key Words to Key Semantic Domains
Corpus Investigations for Applied Purposes
Svenja Adolphs and Norbert Schmitt
Lexical Coverage of Spoken Discourse
Bengt Altenberg and Sylviane Granger
The Grammatical and Lexical Patterning of MAKE in Native and Non-Native Student Writing
Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen
What Does Frequency Have to Do with Grammar Teaching?
Averil Coxhead
A New Academic Word List
Sylviane Granger and Stephanie Tyson
Connector Usage in the English Essay Writing of Native and Non-Native EFL Speakers of English
Pedagogical Applications
Tom Cobb
Is There Any Measurable Learning from Hands-on Concordancing?
Kate M. Donley and Randi Reppen
Using Corpus Tools to Highlight Academic Vocabulary in SCLT
Gaëtanelle Gilquin, Sylviane Granger and Magali Paquot
Learner Corpora: The Missing Link in EAP Pedagogy
Anne O'Keeffe and Fiona Farr
Using Language Corpora in Initial Teacher Education: Pedagogic Issues and Practical Applications