Corpus linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation

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Course Date: 29 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities


Estimated Workload: 3 hours pw

Course Instructors

Tony McEnery

Has been working for over 20 years to help pioneer new ways to use computers to analyse very large collections of language data.

Profile Tony McEnery

Has been working for over 20 years to help pioneer new ways to use computers to analyse very large collections of language data.

Course Description

The course aims to:

  • Demonstrate that corpus approaches to social science can offer valuable insight into social reality by investigating the use and manipulation of language in society.

  • Equip social scientists with skills necessary for collecting and analysing large digital collections of text (corpora).

  • Provide educational support for those who want to use the corpus method.

  • Demonstrate the use of corpus linguistics in the humanities, especially History.

  • Give a sense of the incredibly wide uses that corpora have been put to.

  • Allow those with an interest in language, who have not heard of the corpus approach before, a new way of looking at language.

Course Workload

3 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

Other than an interest in the study of language, there are no requirements to join this course.

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