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Title: Textual Patterns
Subtitle: Key words and corpus analysis in language education
Written By: Michael R. Scott
Christopher Tribble
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2022
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 22

Textual Patterns introduces corpus resources, tools and analytic frameworks
of central relevance to language teachers and teacher educators.
Specifically it shows how key word analysis, combined with the systematic
study of vocabulary and genre, can form the basis for a corpus informed
approach to language teaching.

The first part of the book gives the reader a strong grounding in the way
in which language teachers can use corpus analysis tools (wordlists,
concordances, key words) to describe language patterns in general and text
patterns in particular. The second section presents a series of case
studies which show how a key word/corpus informed approach to language
education can work in practice. The case studies include: General language
education (i.e. students in national education systems and those following
international examination programmes), foreign languages for academic
purposes, literature in language education, business and professional
communication, and cultural studies in language education.

Table of contents

Preface vi–x

1. Texts in anguage study and language education 3–10

2. Word-lists: Approaching texts 11–32

3. Concordances: The immediate context 33–53

4. Key words of individual texts: Aboutness and style 55–72

5. Key words and genres 73–88

6. General English language teaching: Grammar and lexis in spoken and
written texts 91–108

7. Business and professional communication: Managing relationships in
professional writing 109–129

8. English for academic purposes: Building an account of expert and
apprentice performances in literary criticism 131–159

9. What counts in current journalism: Keywords in newspaper reporting

10. Counting things in texts you can't count on: A study of Samuel
Beckett's Texts for Nothing, 1 179–193

References 195–198

Index 199–203

"The keyword is a powerful tool for assessing and understanding texts; this
book gives a clear and detailed description of its possibilities, mainly
through a series of convincing applications to a wide range of texts.
Language learners and teachers should find full practical support here for
their own investigations, provided by two pioneers of the harnessing of
computer corpora to language learning."
John Sinclair, The Tuscan Word Centre

"This book is a delight to read. It is not only an exceptionally clear and
cogent account of the procedures of corpus analysis in general, but a
convincing demonstration of how revealing these procedures can be when
applied to particular texts, literary and non-literary, by focusing
attention on features of potential significance for interpretation. Anybody
working with texts should make it a priority to read this one."
Henry G. Widdowson, University of Vienna

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222932
ISBN-13: 9789027222930
Pages: 203
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Europe EURO 95.00
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ISBN: 9027222940
ISBN-13: 9789027222947
Pages: 203
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Europe EURO 33.00