Language, People, Numbers: Corpus Linguistics and Society (Google eBook)

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Andrea Gerbig, Oliver Mason (M.A.)
Rodopi, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 327 pages
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The contributions to this volume offer a broad range of novel insights 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 Stubbs' work has continued to contribute to the field of corpus-based description of language structure, use and function.
  

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Contents

Introduction
3
Contributing Authors
6
A Select Bibliography
9
a theoretician of applied linguistics
15
Borrowed ideas
21
How systemic is a large corpus of English?
43
Some notes on the concept of cognitive linguistics
61
Developing language education policy in Europe and searching for theory
85
a diachronic and intercultural genre study
157
tracking development and use
177
I dont know differences in patterns of collocation and semantic prosody in phrases of different lengths
199
corpus data and the phraseology of STUB and TOE
217
linearity and the lexissyntax interface
231
the treacherous simplicity of a metaphor How we handle new electronic hypertext versus old printed text
249
new directions for corpus linguistics
275
The novel features of text Corpus analysis and stylistics
293

The semiotic patterning of Cędmons Hymn as a hypersign
99
Traditional grammar and corpus linguistics with critical notes
129
the dual identity of Michael Stubbs
305
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About the author (2008)

Oliver Mason is computer officer of corpus research in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham.