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BA English Language / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
From Text to Linguistic Evidence
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Linguistics & English Language|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The module aims to:
- provide an introduction to corpus linguistics;
- provide students with a good understanding of corpus design, annotation and corpus methods;
- familiarise students with major corpus resources, tools and techniques for studying English;
- teach students the practical skills to use these tools and perform a variety of corpus analyses;
- develop a critical awareness of which corpus and which corpus tool can be used to answer a certain linguistic question;
- develop a critical attitude towards the strengths and weaknesses of corpus research.
Knowledge and understanding
By the end of this course students will:
- understand what corpora are and how they are designed;
- be familiar with and able to apply a variety of corpus methods and techniques;
- have a good knowledge of the range of corpora and corpus tools available for the study of English.
By the end of this course students will be able to:
- critically evaluate the design of a particular corpus;
- assess the strengths and weaknesses of a corpus approach to a certain problem;
- decide which corpus, corpus tool and technique to use to investigate a particular question;
- formulate research questions that are amenable to corpus research.
- carry out linguistic investigations using a variety of corpora and corpus tools;
- use software to produce concordances, to create word lists, to perform key word analyses, etc.;
- perform simple statistical tests;
- design a corpus study;
- confidently explore unknown corpora and tools, including those for other languages than English.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
By the end of this course students will have developed:
- advanced problem solving skills;
- new IT skills;
- confidence in working with new resources and techniques;
- essay writing skills;
- critical attitude towards research methods.
|2-part practical exercise on (a) construction of a spoken corpus and (b) test for independence of two variables||30%|
|Exam, including multiple choice questions, short open questions and problem solving excercises||70%|
Formative or summative
Personalized written feedback from course instructors on all submitted assignments.
Feedback from instructors during seminars and on discussion fora
The main readings will be taken from:
- Hoffmann, S., Evert, S., Smith, N. and Lee, D. (2008) Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb: A Practical Guide. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
- McEnery, T., and Harie. A. (2012) Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- McEnery, T., Xiao, R., Tono, Yuki. (2006) Corpus-Based Language Studies. An Advanced Resource Book. London: Routledge.
Additional (suggested) readings will be provided week by week when necessary.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Richard Zimmermann||Unit coordinator|