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Title: New Frontiers of Corpus Research.
Subtitle: Papers from the Twenty First International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora Sydney 2000.
Edited By: Peter Collins
Pam Peters
Adam Smith
Series Title: Language and Computers 36
Description:

This volume presents highlights of the first ICAME conference held in the
southern hemisphere, in papers on new kinds of corpora for business and
communications technology, as well as those comprising computer-mediated
communication and college newspapers. The latter yield lively insights into
the digitized discourse of younger adults and non-professional writers --
speech communities that have been underrepresented in the standard English
corpora. Other groups that are newly represented in research reported in
this volume are bilingual users of English in Singapore, Hong Kong and
China, as corpus data is brought to bear on second-language speech and
writing. The proposed corpus of spoken Dutch profiled here will support
research into its variation in different genres and contexts of use in the
Netherlands and in Belgium. Research on new historical corpora from C15 to
C18 is also reported, along with techniques for normalizing prestandardized
English for computerized searching. Meanwhile papers on contemporary usage
show some of the continual interplay between British and American English,
in grammar and details of the lexicon that are important for English
language teachers.

Contents: Pam PETERS, Peter COLLINS and Adam SMITH: Introduction. New
corporation and new speech communities. Magnar BREKKE: TERMINEC: a
clearinghouse for economics text and terminology. Neil DRAVE: Vaguely
speaking: a corpus approach to vague language in intercultural conversions.
He ANPING: On the discourse marker so. Tony MCENERY, Paul BAKER and
Christine CHEEPEN: Lexis, indirectness and politeness in operator calls.
David MINUGH: The Coll Corpus: towards a corpus of web-based college
student newspapers. Vincent OOI: Aspects of computer-mediated communication
for research in corpus linguistics. Nelleke OOSTDIJK: The design of the
Spoken Dutch Corpus. Historical and regional studies. Maurizio GOTTI:
Canting terms in the Early English Prose Fiction Corpus. Sebastian
HOFFMANN: In (hot) pursuit of data: complex prepositions in late modern
English. Christine JOHANSSON: Pied piping and stranding from a diachronic
perspective. Hans-Martin LEHMANN: Zero subject relative constructions in
American and British English. Manfred MARKUS: Towards an analysis of
pragmatic and stylistic features in 15th and 17th century English letters.
Peter SCHNEIDER: Computer assisted spelling normalization of 18th century
English. Corpus-based language description. Pieter DE HAAN: Whom is
not dead? Roberta FACCHINETTI: Can and could in contemporary
British English: a study of the ICE-GB corpus. Janet HOLMES and Robert
SIGLEY: What’s a word like girl doing in a place like this?
Occupational labels, sexist usages and corpus research. Göran KJELLMER: On
polysemy and interpretation. The case of eventual. Ilka MINDT:
Functions of intonation in sentences and texts. Paul RAYSON, Andrew WILSON
and Geoffrey LEECH: Grammatical word class variation within the British
National Corpus Samples. Norbert SCHLÜTER: Temporal specification of the
present perfect: a corpus-based study. Nicholas SMITH: Ever moving on? The
progressive in recent British English.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
English
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ISBN: 9042012374
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Pages: VI,333 pp. + CD-ROM
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