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Title: Extending the scope of corpus-based research.
Subtitle: New applications, new challenges.
Edited By: Sylviane Granger
Stephanie Petch-Tyson
Series Title: Language and Computers Vol. 48

Extending the scope of corpus-based research: new applications, new challenges is a collection of articles which highlights some of the challenges facing English Corpus Linguistics at the beginning of the 21st century and shows how these challenges are being addressed by researchers. In sections on corpus methodology, language description and foreign language learning and teaching, researchers address a broad range of topics from methodological standardization, experimental research design, tagging and parsing corpora and the value of enriched corpus annotation to web-based research, tools for analysing language on the web and language learning via an Internet Grammar. There is a broad spectrum of research encompassing grammatical and lexical analyses of different varieties of early and Modern English, bilingual code switching, learner English and theoretical and practical approaches to the oft-neglected spoken medium. As such, the collection offers a global, up-to-date appreciation of theoretical and practical issues which will be of value to researchers in many areas of English Linguistics.

List of contributors
I. Corpora and methodology
Inge de MÖNNINK, Niek BROM & Nelleke OOSTDIJK: Using the MF/MD method for automatic text classification
Sean WALLIS: Scientific experiments in parsed corpora: an overview
Antoinette RENOUF: WebCorp: providing a renewable data source for corpus linguists
Nelleke OOSTDIJK: Normalization and disfluencies in spoken language data
Pam PETERS & Adam SMITH: Textual structure and segmentation in online documents
II. Corpora in language description
Maurizio GOTTI: Shall and will as first person future auxiliaries in a corpus of Early Modern English texts
Arja NURMI: The role of gender in the use of MUST in Early Modern English
Joybrato MUKHERJEE: From corpus data to a theory of talk units in spoken English
Bernhard KETTEMANN, Martina KÖNIG & Georg MARKO: The BNC and the OED. Examining the usefulness of two different types of data in an analysis of the morpheme eco
Göran KJELLMER: Lexical gaps
Hajar Abdul RAHIM & Harshita Aini HAROON: The use of native lexical items in English texts as a codeswitching strategy
Geoffrey SAMPSON: The structure of children’s writing: moving from spoken to adult written norms
III. Corpora in foreign language learning and teaching
Mia BOSTRÖM ARONSSON: On clefts and information structure in Swedish EFL writing
JoAnne NEFF, Emma DAFOUZ, Honesto HERRERA, Francisco MARTINEZ, Juan Pedro RICA, Mercedes DIEZ, Rosa PRIETO & Carmen SANCHO: Contrasting learner corpora: the use of modal and reporting verbs in the expression of writer stance
Josef SCHMIED: Learning English prepositions in the Chemnitz Internet Grammar
Pascual PÉREZ-PAREDES: Integrating networked learner oral corpora into foreign language instruction

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Rodopi
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Documentation
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
Language Family(ies): New English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 904201136X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 261 pp.
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