This week's corpus research seminar comes from Alison Sealey and Emma Franklin will be co-presenting a talk titled 'Starting with verbs: complementary methods for the corpus-assisted discourse analysis of HEAR'.


We are both interested in the ways nonhuman animals are represented in language. One research theme concerns patterns in how discourse represents animals' perceptive and communicative capacities. A core verb relevant to both is HEAR, and we use corpus evidence to help answer the following questions: What are humans reported to 'hear', in general and in relation to sounds made by animals? What are animals reported to 'hear'?

In our presentation, we will explain the different corpora, corpus tools and analytical approaches we have used to generate answers to these questions. These include both familiar reference corpora (BNC, enTenTen), methods and tools (concordances using AntConc, SketchEngine), as well as a topic-specific corpus compiled for the project 'People', 'Products', 'Pests' and 'Pets'*, and the Corpus Pattern Analysis method* that was originally developed for lexicography, but is adapted here for discourse analysis.

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