Units of Study

LNGS3608 - Language in Use: Corpus Linguistics

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Monika Bednarek


'Language looks different when you look at a lot of it at once'. This unit of study introduces you to the use of computer software to look at a lot of language at once: Do we refer to 'men' and 'women' equally often? What are the five most frequent words in the English language? What is the difference between 'pure' and 'sheer'? How does television dialogue differ from real-world dialogue? And how does a computer help us to answer these and similar questions?


1x1000wd corpus design, building and discussion (20%), 1x1000wd corpus analysis (20%), 1x2000-2500wd research essay (60%)


Baker, P. 2006. Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis. London/New York: Continuum


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


LNGS1001 and LNGS1002

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