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Title: English Corpora Under Japanese Eyes
Edited By: Junsaku Nakamura
Nagayuki Inoue
Tomoji Tabata
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 51
Description:

English Corpora under Japanese Eyes is a fine collection of papers written
in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Japan Association of
English Corpus Studies (JAECS). Beginning with the overview of the field by
Stig Johansson, an honorary member of the JAECS, the present volume shows
the state-of-art in English corpus studies in Japan and demonstrates the
creative uses of corpora in a wide range of research topics from studies
drawing on large-scale general corpora, such as British National Corpus and
the Bank of English, to studies based on more specific, historical,
literary, learner and parallel corpora. The papers incorporated in this
anthology are grouped into five sections: 1) Overview of corpus-based
studies, 2) Corpus-based studies of contemporary English, 3) Historical and
diachronic studies of English, 4) Corpus-based studies in English
literature, 5) Corpus and English language teaching. This volume will
inspire still further corpus exploitation in the broader field of the
humanities.

Contents:
Mitsunori IMAI: Foreword

Junsaku NAKAMURA, Nagayuki INOUE and Tomoji TABATA: Preface

I. Overview of Corpus-Based Studies

Stig JOHANSSON: Corpus Linguistics: past, present, future: A view from Oslo

II. Corpus-Based Studies in Contemporary English

Mitsumi UCHIDA and Tomohiro YANAGI: What is to be done about it? A Parallel
Corpus Study of 'Copula and Infinitive' Constructions in English and French

Mayumi NISHIBU: Definite Notional Subject in Existential There
Constructions: A Quantitative Study

Makoto SHIMIZU and Masaki MURATA: Patterns with Transitive Verb and
Reflexive in English and their Counterparts in Japanese: A Bilingual
Pattern Grammar Approach

Makimi KIMURA: 'Magnate' and 'Tycoon': A Case of Rivalry between Existing
Vocabulary and Newer Loanwords as Seen in 'OED2' and 'BNC'

Satoko TAKAMI: A Corpus-Driven Identification of Distinctive Words:
'Tabloid Adjectives' and 'Broadsheet Adjectives' in the 'Bank of English'

III. Historical and Diachronic Studies of English

Yoshiyuki NAKAO, Akiyuki JIMURA, and Masatsugu MATSUO: A Project for a
Comprehensive Collation of the Hengwrt and Ellesmere Manuscripts of 'The
Canterbury Tales': The General Prologue

Ohkado MASAYUKI: On Verb Movement in Old English Subordinate Clauses

Satoru TSUKAMOTO: Syntactic Chronology: Dating Text in the History of English

IV. Corpus-Based Studies in English Literature

Shin'ichiro ISHIKAWA: A Corpus-Based Approach to Basic Colour Terms in the
Novels of D.H. Lawrence

V. Corpus and English Language Teaching

Tomoko KANEKO: The Use of Past Tense Forms by Japanese Learners of English

Kiyomi CHUJO: Measuring Vocabulary Levels of English Textbooks and Tests
Using a BNC Lemmatised High Frequency Word List.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
Japanese
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9042018828
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: XI, 249
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