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122224 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2019W)

Corpus Linguistics

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 18 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 09.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 16.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 23.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 30.10. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 06.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 13.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 20.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 27.11. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 04.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 11.12. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 08.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 15.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 22.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Wednesday 29.01. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

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Aims, contents and method of the course

122224-1 SE Linguistics Seminar / BA Paper (2019W)
Corpus Linguistics

Although Corpus Linguistics has become the dominant approach or methodology among European anglicists undertaking linguistic research, its fundamental foundations are often taken for granted and not adequately understood.

At the centre of the approach is ‘the corpus’, but what really is a corpus? What is good corpus design? What choice is out there? And how important is a corpus and its design?

Given a corpus, how can it be exploited with a view to helping with the description of English or some aspect or understanding of the use of English ?

The great benefit of electronic text analysis is the production of frequency information. When linguistic data become numbers, what do the numbers tell us, and how might that insight be conferred back on the original data? (That said, we will not be turning this seminar into a statistics seminar!)

Our main goal will be to identify and review the main principles of a corpus linguistics approach.

A second aim will be look at exemplary studies of a corpus linguistics approach being used in action, across different structural levels of English.

The first few weeks will be devoted to presentations and discussions on the basics of corpus design and structure and on ways of using a corpus fir the extraction of examples.

The weeks leading up to Christmas will be devoted to exemplary studies of a lexical, morpho-syntactic or discourse-pragmatic kind.

By then, students will have chosen an assignment topic, from a small choice, and in the classes in January will make a class presentations, intended to reveal their understanding of ‘the corpus’ and ‘a corpus linguistics approach’ as applied to their choice of data and topic, each to be agreed in advance with the seminar tutor.

This course promises to be an intense, exciting, dynamic, precise, practical course. It is undoubtedly a course for anyone interested in describing English in any of its periods, world territories, or genres/registers, and any of its structural features (especially lexical, morphological, syntactical, discoursal and pragmatic plus any combination thereof) as well as aspects of change or variation therein, and seeking a powerful methodology for doing so.

This course will requires each student to bring to class their own laptop. We will each need a laptop to work as a group in unison on particular topics or for downloading corpora and/or software.

There will be regular exercises and class presentations.

Assessment and permitted materials

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (no more than two absences!)
Class Presentation
Written assignment

Examination topics

Assignment (and handing in on time) 60%
Class Presentation (on given date) (oral, with power point and/or handout) 20%
Attendance and regular homework reading 20%

Reading list

Set books :
Tony McEnery, Richard Xiao, & Yukio Tono, Corpus-based Language Studies: A Advanced Resource Book (Abingdon: Routledge, 2006).
O'Keeffe, Anne, McCarthy, Michael & Ronald Carter, From Corpus to Classroom: Language Use and Language Teaching. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
Martin Wynne (ed.) Developing Language Corpora: A Guide to Good Practice (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2005), downloadable from car.cnrs.fr/ecole_thematique/contaci/documents/Baude/wynne.pdf
Further reading will be suggested by the tutor.

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.3-222, BA06.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-2222

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