Corpus Linguistics

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INTRODUCTION

GLOSSARY

CORPORA

COURSES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

RELATED SITES

SOFTWARE

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TUTORIAL

COMMENTS




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at the
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What is Corpus Linguistics?

Corpus Linguistics is now seen as the study of linguistic phenomena through large collections of machine-readable texts: corpora. These are used within a number of research areas going from the Descriptive Study of the Syntax of a Language to Prosody or Language Learning, to mention but a few. An over-view of some of the areas where corpora have been used can be found on the Research areas page.

The use of real examples of texts in the study of language is not a new issue in the history of linguistics. However, Corpus Linguistics has developed considerably in the last decades due to the great possibilities offered by the processing of natural language with computers. The availability of computers and machine-readable text has made it possible to get data quickly and easily and also to have this data presented in a format suitable for analysis.

Corpus linguistics is, however, not the same as mainly obtaining language data through the use of computers. Corpus linguistics is the study and analysis of data obtained from a corpus. The main task of the corpus linguist is not to find the data but to analyse it. Computers are useful, and sometimes indispensable, tools used in this process.

Learn more

If you want to learn more about corpora and corpus linguistics you can use the links below. On the Background page you can follow the development of corpus linguistics through presentations of some central corpora/kinds of corpora. On the Working with Corpora page you will find information about things to think about when you want to use corpora for language learning or research. Use the Tutorial to learn about how to make corpus searches and analyse the result or go straight to the Search Engine to make online searches in a number of corpora.


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