Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language - Advanced)

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An accessible, hands-on introduction to the use of electronic corpora in the description and analysis of English. After introducing corpora and the rationale behind corpus linguistics and describing the basic methodology, Hans Lindquist presents a number of case studies that offer new insights about vocabulary, collocations, phraseology, metaphor, metonymy, syntactic structures, male and female language, register and style, and changes in language.

Each chapter features exercises and suggestions for further reading. The book will appeal to students because of its clear language and structure, well-defined terminology, step-by-step instructions, generous and up-to-date examples from different varieties of English around the world, and accompanying web-pages with additional exercises and recent research concerning freely accessible corpora. This book is aimed at university students of English at the intermediate level and is especially well suited for students planning term papers and longer projects.

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Hans Lindquist is associate professor of English linguistics at Växjö University, Sweden. He has been a guest professor at Zurich University, Northern Arizona University, and Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Since the beginning of the 1990s, Lindquist has used corpora for research on lexicology, phraseology, linguistic variation, and language change. He has coedited volumes on translation theory, the major varieties of English, corpus use in the classroom, and corpora and grammaticalization.

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Lindquist's 'Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English' is an excellent book for anyone wishing to become acquainted with corpus linguistics and its wide range of applications. As it can be read either from cover to cover or perused selectively, it is suitable for many types of readers. -- Marlies Gabriele Prinzl LINGUIST list While it assumes a certain amount of background knowledge in grammar and linguistics, the textbook is accessible and sets a good pace for most readers who have an interest in learning how to use electronic corpora and in establishing what can be discovered through corpus research and analysis. Lindquist's book is organised clearly and uses interesting stepby-step examples to illustrate the benefits and limitations of corpus linguistics. Numerous tables and charts throughout the book make the author's examples meaningful and applicable. Each chapter includes study questions, online corpus exercises and suggestions for further reading. As a result of its hands-on approach and accessible prose, this book will be useful and enjoyable for students who are curious about language and intrigued by the capacity of corpora as a tool to investigate it. It offers informative and exciting step-by-step analyses that demonstrate how to use electronic corpora and what linguists can do with the results. The many graphs and charts not only explain the results of the searches conducted for this book, but also demonstrate to readers how to report the results of the studies they may conduct in future. Students will be excited to follow Lindquist as he describes how to investigate language using electronic corpora, and will be sufficiently well versed in the discussion of corpus data to analyse meaningfully and successfully their own data. -- Stacey Wizner, Qatar University Corpora Lindquist's 'Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English' is an excellent book for anyone wishing to become acquainted with corpus linguistics and its wide range of applications. As it can be read either from cover to cover or perused selectively, it is suitable for many types of readers. While it assumes a certain amount of background knowledge in grammar and linguistics, the textbook is accessible and sets a good pace for most readers who have an interest in learning how to use electronic corpora and in establishing what can be discovered through corpus research and analysis. Lindquist's book is organised clearly and uses interesting stepby-step examples to illustrate the benefits and limitations of corpus linguistics. Numerous tables and charts throughout the book make the author's examples meaningful and applicable. Each chapter includes study questions, online corpus exercises and suggestions for further reading. As a result of its hands-on approach and accessible prose, this book will be useful and enjoyable for students who are curious about language and intrigued by the capacity of corpora as a tool to investigate it. It offers informative and exciting step-by-step analyses that demonstrate how to use electronic corpora and what linguists can do with the results. The many graphs and charts not only explain the results of the searches conducted for this book, but also demonstrate to readers how to report the results of the studies they may conduct in future. Students will be excited to follow Lindquist as he describes how to investigate language using electronic corpora, and will be sufficiently well versed in the discussion of corpus data to analyse meaningfully and successfully their own data.

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