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Corpus Analysis of Written English for Academic Purposes

  1. Averil Coxhead

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0255

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Coxhead, A. 2012. Corpus Analysis of Written English for Academic Purposes. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


Corpus-based research and English for academic purposes (EAP) have a close relationship. In his editorial for a special issue on EAP and corpora in the Journal of English for Academic Purposes Thompson (2007, p. 285) explains this connection: “Corpora, at one level, are sources of evidence about language use, and permit a wide range of analyses of how language is used in different registers, contexts, and by different users.” The term EAP covers a wide range of second or other language teaching and learning, including preparation for university studies, support courses for undergraduate second language learners already enrolled in university, and preparation for postgraduate studies to doctoral level. In this entry, we look at how corpus analysis of written texts provides evidence of language in use for EAP and informs dictionary design, materials development, testing, and curriculum design.


  • language teaching;
  • corpus;
  • grammar;
  • language for academic purposes;
  • vocabulary