Corpus linguistics is a methodology whereby large collections of electronically transcribed texts are used in conjunction with computer tools to investigate language.
This course aims to provide a general introduction to corpus based language study. It centres around two main parts – corpus methods for exploring linguistic variation and the applications of corpus linguistics such as language teaching, forensic linguistics and discourse analysis.
Students will learn how to use corpus analysis packages such as BNCWeb and Antconc. (Note that a supplementary 3 week course in Research Methods will cover corpus building, statistical analysis and corpus annotation in more detail).