Corpus Linguistics: Overview
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Stubbs, M. and Halbe, D. 2012. Corpus Linguistics: Overview. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
Corpus linguistics means the use of computer-assisted methods to study large quantities of real language. Such research is important for applied linguists because they investigate questions about actual language use. Due to advances in technology, researchers can discover new facts and test hypotheses about aspects of language which were not previously accessible to empirical observation. These include the frequencies of linguistic patterns as language varies over time and in different social settings and also many aspects of routine language use which are not obvious even to native speakers.
- computational linguistics;
- discourse analysis;