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What is English? And Why Should We Care?

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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.

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Title: Language, People, Numbers
Subtitle: Corpus Linguistics and Society
Edited By: Andrea Gerbig
Oliver Mason
URL: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?BookId=LC+64
Series Title: Language and Computers 64

The Contributors to this volume offer a broad range of novel insights about
data-based about data-based or data-driven approaches to the study of both
structure and function of language, reflecting the increasing shift towards
corpus-based methods of analysis in a wide range of areas in linguistics.
Corpora can be used as models of human linguistic experience, and the
contributors demonstrate that there is ample scope for integrating such
models into the descriptions of discourse, grammar and meaning.

Continually improving technological development facilitates the design of
larger and more comprehensive corpora documenting language use in a
multitude of genres, styles and modes, even starting to include visual
aspects. Software to investigate these data also becomes increasingly
powerful and more refined.

The sixteen original articles in this volume cover substantial ground on
both the theoretical as well as applied levels. Having such data and
software resources at their disposal, the contributing researchers rethink
the long discussed interplay between language system and use from various
angles, considering socio-cultural and cognitive involvement and
representation, with synchronic as well as diachronic perspectives in view.

These theories and quantitative / qualitative methods are applied to a
range of topics from language acquisition and teaching to literature and
politics. All of the authors in this volume reveal the profound and leading
impact that Mike Stubb’s work has continued to contribute to the field of
corpus-based description of language structure, use and function.

Table of Contents
Oliver Mason and Andrea Gerbig: Introduction
Contributing authors
Michael W. Stubbs – a select bibliography
Susan Hunston: Michael Stubbs: a theoretician of applied linguistics
John Sinclair: Borrowed ideas
Robert de Beaugrande: How ‘systemic’ is a large corpus of English
Wolfgang Teubert: Some notes on the concept of cognitive linguistics
Michael Byram: Developing language education policy in Europe – and
searching for theory
Wolfgang Kühlwein: The semiotic patterning of Cædmon’s Hymn as a ‘hypersign’
David A. Reibel: Traditional grammar and corpus linguistics ‘with
critical notes’

Andrea Gerbig: Travelogues in time and space: a diachronic and
intercultural genre study
Naomi Hallan: An extended view of extended lexical units: tracking
development and use
Bettina Starcke: I don’t know- differences in patterns of collocation and
semantic prosody in phrases of different lengths
Hans Lindquist: Stubbing your toe against a hard mass of facts: corpus data
and the phraseology of STUB and TOE
Oliver Mason: Stringing together a sentence: linearity and the lexis-syntax
Wolfram Bublitz: ‘Sailing the islands or watching from te dock’: the
treachererous simplicity of a metaphor: How we handle ‘new (electronic)
hypertext’ versus ‘old (printed) text’
Ronald Carter: and Svenja Adolphs: Linking the verbal and visual: new
directions for corpus linguistics
Henry G. Widdowson: The novel features of text. Corpus analysis and stylistics
Guy Cook: Hocus pocus or God’s truth: The dual indentity of Michael Stubbs

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9042023503
ISBN-13: 9789042023505
Pages: 332
Prices: Europe EURO 65.00