Language in Use: a Corpus Linguistic Approach
This course introduces corpus linguistics as a methodology in the study of language, i.e., the use of large text-collections for linguistic investigations. Focusing on some selected areas of English grammar and phraseology, the course offers hands-on activities that enable participants to exploit both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques involved in corpus research. Through examining authentic language data (both written and spoken), linguistic theories will be revisited and differences in language use across time and contexts further explored.
Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to
- give a detailed account of the key methodological and theoretical issues in contemporary corpus linguistics,
- compare, evaluate, and apply both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques involved in corpus research,
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge of selected features of English grammar and phraseology, and
- conduct independent linguistic research using corpus data and methods, and present their results orally and in writing.
Admission to a doctoral program.
Assessment is based on a hand-in mock research journal article.