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Title: English Corpus Linguistics in Japan
Edited By: Junsaku Nakamura
Shunji Yamazaki
Toshio Saito
Series Title: Language and Computers 38

The existence of corpus-based linguistic research in Japan has until now mainly been hidden from the view of overseas researchers ? partly by the language barrier, and partly by the continuing dominance of generative grammar in Japan. At last, this volume lifts the veil to reveal the current condition of corpus-based research in Japan.
English Corpus Linguistics in Japan contains a collection of twenty papers written by Japanese linguists, reflecting the state of art in
English corpus linguistics in Japan. The volume covers an impressively wide range, showcasing the diversity and creativity of corpus-based research in this country, from studies drawing on the 'old faithful'
Brown and LOB Corpora as well as the more recent Frown, FLOB, the Bank of English and the British National Corpus to studies based on more specific historical, literary, spoken, and learner corpora; from investigations of major levels of language description, including prosody, lexis, morphology, syntax, and semantics to investigations of language variation; from explorations of single variables to those of multivariant dimensions; and from pedagogical applications to software applications. The papers are grouped into four sections: 1)
Corpus-based studies of contemporary English, 2) Historical and diachronic studies of English, 3) English corpora and English language teaching, 4) Software for analyzing corpora. This volume will inspire still further corpus explorations in the future both in Japan and abroad.


Foreword by Geoffrey Leech
Preface by Toshio Saito, Junsaku Nakamura and Shunji Yamazaki

I.Corpus-Based Studies in Contemporary English
Syntactic Boundaries and Prosodic Features in English by Atsuko Furuta
A Galaxy of Words: Structures Based upon Distributions of Verbs, Nouns and
Adjectives in the LOB Corpus by Junsaku Nakamura
Conjugational Patterns and Text Categories in the LOB Corpus by Takeshi
Distribution of Frequent Adjectives in the Wellington Corpus of Written New
Zealand English by Shunji Yamazaki
On Viewing Reflexives in the Bank of English: Their Distribution and
Function by Teruhiko Fukaya
Lexical Richness and Semantic Loading Capacity of Nouns by Toshihiko Kubota
A Trap in Corpus Linguistics: The Gap between Corpus-based Analysis and
Intuition-based Analysis by Hideshi Takaie >From Participles to Conjunctions: A Parallel Corpus Study of
Grammaticalization in English and French by Mitsumi Uchida

II.Historical and Diachronic Studies of English
Collocational Patterns of -ly Manner Adverbs in Dickens by Masahiro Hori
Investigating Stylistic Variation in Dickens through Correspondence Analysis of Word-Class Distribution by Tomoji Tabata
Degree Adverbs in the Corpus of Early English Correspondence Sampler by
Hideo Nishimura
Adverbial Positions and Verb Movement in Middle English and Early Modern
English by Michio Hosaka
Development of Any from Middle English to Early Modern English: A Study
Using the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts by Yoko Iyeiri
On the Absence of the Conjunction That in Late Middle English by Norihiko
The Semantics of Chaucer's Moot/Moste and Shal/Sholde: Conditional Elements and Degrees of Their uantifiability by Yoshiyuki Nakao
Syntactic Annotation and Text Classification: A Study Using the
Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English by Satoru Tsukamoto
Problems with the Electronic OED2 as a Database of Linguistic Terms by
Hideki Watanabe

III. English Corpora and English Language Teaching

Communication Strategies of EFL Learners: A Corpus-based Approach by Kojiro
Collocational Knowledge of L2 Learners of English: A Case Study of Japanese
Learners by Masatoshi Sugiura

IV. Software for Analyzing Corpora

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9042013699
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 340
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