Corpus Linguistics at Work by Elena Tognini-Bonelli

By Elena Tognini-Bonelli

The booklet bargains a mixed dialogue of the most theoretical, methodological and alertness matters concerning corpus paintings. hence, ranging from the definition of what's a corpus and why examining a corpus demands a special technique from studying a textual content, the underlying assumptions in the back of corpus paintings are mentioned.
The major ways to corpus paintings are mentioned because the “corpus-based” and the “corpus-driven” procedure and the theoretical positions underlying them explored intimately. The publication adopts and exemplifies the parameters of the corpus-driven method and posits a brand new unit of linguistic description outlined systematically within the mild of corpus proof. The purposes the place the corpus-driven procedure is exemplified are language educating and contrastive linguistics. Alternating among useful examples and theoretical evaluate, the reader is led step by step to a close knowing of the problems curious about corpus paintings and, whilst, tempted to probe for himself a number of the significant functions the place a corpus-driven technique can display unparalleled insights into linguistic patterning.

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An example could be, for instance, splitting the citations into two parts just after all but, jumbling the second parts around and making them available under a different heading. The task would require the students to choose a certain number of citations to recreate one meaning and then the other. Appendix 2 reports a possible exercise familiarising the students with the grammatical and communicative functions of all but using corpus data. Extended units and communicative grammar: the example of except that The issue discussed in this section addresses further the possible use of corpus evidence in helping the students to approach grammar communicatively.

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This dictionary makes no exception, so we find that both the evidence from our concordance and the collocational tree above exemplify mainly meaning 2 of the definition. The examples quoted well reflect the evidence from the corpus, both in terms of abstract nouns and in the predicative use associated with human subjects. , must be.. To conclude this section, what we have exemplified here is a way of defining meaning as 'function in context'. This approach can be applied to lexical and grammatical words and, whether the initial node is of one type or the other, what is consistently shown by corpus work is the strict correlation between lexical and grammatical choices which extends the boundaries of the initial unit.

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