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Title: Contemporary Corpus Linguistics
Edited By: Paul Baker
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=165925&SubjectId=989&Subject2Id=1555
Series Title: Contemporary Studies in Linguistics

Please note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.

Corpus linguistics uses large electronic databases of language to examine
hypotheses about language use. These can be tested scientifically with
computerised analytical tools, without the researcher's preconceptions
influencing their conclusions. For this reason, corpus linguistics is a popular
and expanding area of study. "Contemporary Corpus Linguistics" presents a
comprehensive survey of the ways in which corpus linguistics is being used
by researchers. Written by internationally renowned linguists, this volume of
seventeen introductory chapters aims to provide a snapshot of the field of
corpus linguistics. The contributors present accessible, yet detailed,
analyses of recent methods and theory in Corpus Linguistics, ways of
analysing corpora, and recent applications in translation, stylistics, discourse
analysis and language teaching. The book represents the best of current
practice in Corpus Linguistics, and as a one volume reference will be
invaluable to students and researchers looking for an overview of the field.

"The inclusion of Contemporary in the title is no idle boast – all of these
papers take corpus linguistics forward in exciting and challenging ways."
Michael Hoey, Baines Professor of English language, University of Liverpool,

Contents: 1. Introduction, Paul Baker \ 2. Metaphor, Alice Deignan \ 3.
Corpora and Critical Discourse Analysis, Gerlinde Mautner \ 4. Corpus
stylistics and the Pickwickian watering-pot, Michaela Mahlberg \ 5. The
metalanguage of impoliteness: Using Sketch Engine to explore the Oxford
English Corpus, Jonathan Culpeper \ 6. Issues in the design and
development of software tools for corpus studies: The case for collaboration,
Laurence Anthony \ 7. Compatibility between corpus annotation efforts and its
effect on computational linguistics, Adam Meyers \ 8. Spoken corpus
analysis: Multimodal approaches to language description, Irina Dahlmann &
Svenja Adolphs \ 9. Fixed collocational patterns in isolexical and isotextual
versions of a corpus, David Oakey \ 10. Corpus linguistics and language
variation, Michael P. Oakes \ 11. Integrating learner corpus analysis into a
probabilistic model of second language acquisition, Yukio Tono \ 12. English
language teaching and corpus linguistics: Lessons from the American
National Corpus, Randi Reppen \ 13. The impact of corpora of dictionaries,
Patrick Hanks \ 14. Using corpora in translation studies: The state of the art,
Richard Xiao & Ming Yue \ 15. Corpus linguistics and the languages of South
Asia: Some current research directions, Andrew Hardie \ 16. The web as
corpus versus traditional corpora: Their relative utility for linguists and
language learners, Robert Lew \ 17. Building and analyzing corpora of
computer-mediated communication, Brian King \ Bibliography \ Index

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1441181334
ISBN-13: 9781441181336
Pages: 368
Prices: U.K. £ 29.99