Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12






Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12

BTAN40011BA Corpus Linguistics (seminar, 2 hrs, graded)

Time: 14.00 – 15.40 Wednesday Venue: Computer Room (Room No. V)


e-mail: hollosy.bela@arts.unideb.hu

Office hours: 11.10 - 12.00 Wednesdays and Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 11.50 - 12.40 Thursdays


Syllabus


7th Sept.

REGISTRATION WEEK

Week 1

14th Sept.

Introduction to Corpus Linguistics; Using Webcorp (www.webcorp.org.uk)

Week 2

21st Sept.

Corpus Linguistics vs. Theoretical Linguistics

Week 3

28th Sept.


Corpus Design Criteria; Types of Corpora


Week 4

5th Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 Oct.

Corpus Annotation; Computational Tools for Corpus Management

Week 5

12th Oct.

Concordancing and Corpora; Corpora and Collocations

Week 6

19th Oct.

Empirical Methods for Corpus Analysis

Week 7

26th Oct.

The WEB as Corpus

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2nd Nov.

^ CONSULTATION WEEK

Week 9

9th Nov.

Database Management Fundamentals, using FoxPro2.6 for Windows

Week 10

16th Nov.

Storing and Manipulating Corpora as Databases, using FoxPro2.6 for Windows

Week 11

23rd Nov.

Querying Corpora, using FoxPro2.6 for Windows

Week 12

30th Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 Nov.

Programming for Text Analysis, using FoxPro2.6 for Windows

Week 13

8th Dec.

Using Corpora for Language Research; The Use of Corpora in ELT

Week 14

15th Dec.

Revision and Grading



In addition to seminar discussions of the Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 material in the handouts selected from the bibliography below and the string handling, database querying as well as programming tasks in the course, students will have to


  1. work on a Project, in Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 which they (1) choose a field of interest, (2) gather and store machine-readable texts for it, (3) convert the texts selected into database format, (4) query the texts for particular grammatical and lexical features Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 using the FoxPro Text Retrieval facility (‘Query by Example’) as well as dedicated programs and analyse the results of their queries and programs. The queries should be saved in FoxPro Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 (in your own folder for this course) and you should discuss them with your instructor in the course of lab work.




  1. tap the Internet (using Webcorp or browsers like Altavista, Гугл, Яху, etc.) for information Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 on





Students are supposed to put the information (on locations of sites/home pages which they have found useful as well as a concise evaluative description of them Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 - approximately 15-25 lines on each particular site including a discussion of possible uses, potential audience, areas of application and critical comments - with brief literal quotations from the sites and summaries of their contents where appropriate Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12) - in a file of 10 pages (single-spaced) and send it electronically to my e-mail address hollosy.bela@arts.unideb.hu before the last week of this semester.


Students’ work Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 will be graded on the basis of their work in the computer lab, including their ^ Project (1), and their information file on corpus-related sources on the Internet (2).


Compulsory Reading


Béla Hollósy (2000), Corpus Linguistics Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12. An Introduction [Manuscript], available electronically at the Moodle Distance Learning Server of the Institute [user name and password will be specified at the beginning of the course]


Recommended Readings


Sue Atkins, Jeremy Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 Clear & Nicholas Ostler, “Corpus Design Criteria” in Literary and Linguistics Computing Vol. 7, No. 1, 1992 pp 1 - 16


Douglas Biber, Susan Conrad & Randi Reppen (1998) Corpus linguistics. Investigating language structure and use. Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics Cambridge University Press Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12: Cambridge


^ Gregory Grefenstette (2002), The WWW as a Resource for Lexicography in Marie-Hélène Corréard (ed.) (2002), Lexicography and Natural Language Processing. A Festschrift in Honour of B.S.T Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12. Atkins EURALEX


Béla Hollósy (1997), Database Management Fundamentals Using FoxPro 2.6 for Windows Debrecen [Manuscript]


Graeme Kennedy (1998), An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics Longman: London & New York


Tony McEnery & Andrew Wilson (1996), Corpus Linguistics Edinburgh Textbooks Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 in Empirical Linguistics Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh


Charles F. Meyer (2002), English Corpus Linguistics. An Introduction Cambridge University Press: Cambridge


John Sinclair (1991), Corpus, Concordance, Collocation Oxford University Press: Oxford


Jenny Thomas and Mick Short Third Year Linguistics/Applied Linguistics Track Autumn Semester Year 2011/12 (eds.) (1996) Using Corpora for Language Research Research Longman: London and New York


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