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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Contents

Refinements and Reassessments
1
the role of corpus evidence in the study of sociolinguistic variation and change
7
variation and change meet corpus linguistics
33
theoretical and methodological issues in the troubled relationship
49
Overt references to knowledge in English medical writing from the Middle Ages to the Present Day
67
The case of women men and ity in early English letters
87
Does English have modal particles?
111
the positions of you know and I think with special attention to you know as a marker of metalinguistic awareness
131
Weaving web data into a diachronic corpus patchwork
255
To each reader his their or her pronoun Prescribed proscribed and disregarded uses of generic pronouns in English
281
The interpersonal function of going to in written American English
309
an investigation of its use in the LOB FLOB Brown and Frown corpora
327
On the use of split infinitives in English
347
Exploring change in the system of English predicate complementation with evidence from corpora of recent English
365
Encoding of goaldirected motion vs resultative aspect in the COME + infinitive construction
381
A corpusbased analysis of invariant tags in five varieties of English
401

The functions of expletive interjections in spoken English
155
How grammatical usage in written English evolved in the period 19311991
173
A critical discussion of selected lexicographic parameters and query options
201
How representative are the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of 17thcentury scientific writing?
221
A multidimensional analysis of a learner corpus
239
a BNCbased study
415
a type of semantic change in presentday corpora
437
Report on a panel discussion at the 28th ICAME conference
451
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