Corpora and Language Learners (Studies in Corpus by Guy Aston, Silvia Bernardini, Dominic Stewart

By Guy Aston, Silvia Bernardini, Dominic Stewart

Corpus-aided language pedagogy is without doubt one of the important program parts of corpus methodologies, and a try out mattress for theories of language and studying. This quantity offers an outline of present developments, providing methodological and theoretical place statements besides effects from empirical reports. the connection among corpora and studying is tested from complementary views — the learn of learner language, the didactic use of corpus findings, and the interplay among corpora and their clients. Reflections on present idea and expertise open and shut the volume.

With its specialize in the learner and the educational atmosphere, 'Corpora and Language Learners' is addressed to corpus linguists with an curiosity in learner language, utilized linguists wishing to extend their figuring out of corpora and their pedagogic strength, and language academics wishing to significantly examine the relevance of labor during this field.

This quantity grew out of chosen displays on the fifth educating and Language Corpora convention in Bertinoro, Italy.

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For some purposes – lexicography, dictionaries of collocations, thesauri, comparable corpora – huge corpora representing a wide range of linguistic genres and styles are extremely useful. Resources like the Bank of English and the British National Corpus have huge value. But I believe, and what I am saying here and in the remainder of this paper provides grounds for believing, that homogenized corpora iron out and render invisible important generalisations – truths even – about the language they sample.

Is grammatical priming does not necessarily assume the prior existence of any grammatical category. Sinclair’s masterly analysis (1991) of of as belonging to a grammatical category with just one member in it is a warning about the assumption that grammatical categories are givens in the language. It could indeed be argued that what we call grammatical categories may be post hoc generalisations derived from the myriad individual instances of lexical priming that we encounter and take on board in the course of our language development.

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