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Title: Advances in Corpus Linguistics.
Subtitle: Papers from the 23rd International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 23) Göteborg 22-26 May 2002.
Edited By: Karin Aijmer
Bengt Altenberg
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 49

This book provides an up-to-date survey of current issues and approaches in corpus linguistics in the form of twenty-two recent research articles. The articles cover a wide range of topics illustrating the diversity of research that is characteristic of corpus linguistics today. Central themes are the relationship between theory, intuition and corpus data and the role of corpora in linguistic research. The majority of the articles are empirical studies of specific aspects of English, ranging from lexis and grammar to discourse and pragmatics. Other areas explored are language variation, language change and development, language learning, cross-linguistic comparisons of English and other languages, and the development of linguistic software tools. The contributors to the volume include some of the leading figures in the field such as M.A.K. Halliday, John Sinclair, Geoffrey Leech and Michael Hoey. The theoretical and methodological issues addressed in the volume demonstrate clearly the steady advance of an expanding discipline inspired by an empirical, usage-based approach to the study of language. The volume is essential reading for researchers and students interested in the use of computer corpora in linguistic research.

Karin AIJMER and Bengt ALTENBERG: Introduction
I The role of corpora in linguistic research
M.A.K. HALLIDAY: The spoken language corpus: a foundation for grammatical theory
John SINCLAIR: Intuition and annotation – the discussion continues
Geoffrey LEECH: Recent grammatical change in English: data, desdription, theory
II Exploring lexis, grammar and semantics
Joybrato MUKHERJEE: Corpus data in a usage-based cognitive grammar
Caroline DAVID: Putting ‘putting verbs’ to the test of corpora
Peter WILLEMSE: Esphoric reference and pseudo-definiteness
Jonathan CHARTERIS-BLACK: Why “an angel rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm”: A corpus-based comparative study of metaphor in British and American political discourse.
Peter K.W. TAN, Vincent B.Y. OOI and Andy K.L. CHIANG: Signalling spokenness in personal advertisements on the Web: The case of ESL countries in South East Asia
III Discourse and pragmatics
Michael HOEY: Textual colligation: a special kind of lexical priming
Hilde HASSELGÅRD: Adverbials in IT-cleft constructions
Bernard De CLERCK: On the pragmatic functions of let’s utterances
IV Language change and language development
Thomas KOHNEN: Methodological problems in corpus-based historical pragmatics. The case of English directives
Lieselotte BREMS: Measure noun constructions: degrees of delexicalization and grammaticalization
Göran KJELLMER: Yourself: a general-purpose emphatic-reflexive?
Clive SOUTER: Aspects of spoken vocabulary development in the Polytechnic of Wales Corpus of Children’s English
Roumiana BLAGOEVA: Demonstrative reference as a cohesive device in advanced learner writing: a corpus-based study
V Cross-linguistic studies
Helge DYVIK: Translations as semantic mirrors: from parallel corpus to wordnet
Åke VIBERG: Physical contact verbs in English and Swedish from the perspective of crosslinguistic lexicology
Anna-Lena FREDRIKSSON: Exploring theme contrastively: the choice of model
Elena TOGNINI BONELLI and Elena MANCA: Welcoming children, pets and guests: towards functional equivalence in the langues of ‘Agriturismo’ and ‘Farmhouse Holidays’
Natalie KÜBLER: Using WebCorp in the classroom for building specialized dictionaries
VI Software development
Antoinette RENOUF, Andrew KEHOE and David MEZUIRIZ: The accidental corpus: some issues in extracting linguistic information from the Web

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
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Format: Electronic
ISBN: 9042017414
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Pages: IX, 419 pp.
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