Corpus Linguistics: Refinements and Reassessments

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Antoinette Renouf, Andrew Kehoe
Rodopi, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 462 pages
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Throughout history, linguists and literary scholars have been impelled by curiosity about particular linguistic or literary phenomena to seek to observe them in action in original texts. The fruits of each earlier enquiry in turn nourish the desire to continue to acquire knowledge, through further observation of newer linguistic facts. As time goes by, the corpus linguist operates increasingly in the awareness of what has gone before. Corpus Linguistics, thirty years on, is less an innocent sortie into corpus territory on the basis of a hunch than an informed, critical reassessment of existing analytical orthodoxy, in the light of new data coming on stream. This volume comprises twenty-two articles penned by members of the ICAME (International Computer Archive of Modern and Mediaeval English) association, which together provide a critical and informed reappraisal of the facts, data, methods and tools of Corpus Linguistics which are available today. Authors reconsider the boundaries of the discipline, exploring its areas of commonality with Sociolinguistics, Language Variation, Discourse Linguistics, and Lexical Statistics and showing how that commonality is potentially of immense benefit to practitioners in the fields concerned.The volume culminates in the report of a timely and novel expert panel discussion on the role of Corpus Linguistics in the study of English as a global language. This encompasses issues such as English as an international lingua franca, 'norms' for global English, and the question of 'ownership', or who qualifies as a native speaker.

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Refinements and Reassessments
the role of corpus evidence in the study of sociolinguistic variation and change
variation and change meet corpus linguistics
theoretical and methodological issues in the troubled relationship
Overt references to knowledge in English medical writing from the Middle Ages to the Present Day
The case of women men and ity in early English letters
Does English have modal particles?
the positions of you know and I think with special attention to you know as a marker of metalinguistic awareness
Weaving web data into a diachronic corpus patchwork
To each reader his their or her pronoun Prescribed proscribed and disregarded uses of generic pronouns in English
The interpersonal function of going to in written American English
an investigation of its use in the LOB FLOB Brown and Frown corpora
On the use of split infinitives in English
Exploring change in the system of English predicate complementation with evidence from corpora of recent English
Encoding of goaldirected motion vs resultative aspect in the COME + infinitive construction
A corpusbased analysis of invariant tags in five varieties of English

The functions of expletive interjections in spoken English
How grammatical usage in written English evolved in the period 19311991
A critical discussion of selected lexicographic parameters and query options
How representative are the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of 17thcentury scientific writing?
A multidimensional analysis of a learner corpus
a BNCbased study
a type of semantic change in presentday corpora
Report on a panel discussion at the 28th ICAME conference

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