A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics

A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics

A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics

A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics

Synopsis

This alphabetic guide provides definitions and discussion of key terms used in corpus linguistics. Corpus data is being used in a growing number of English and Linguistics departments which have no record of past research with corpus data. This is the first comprehensive glossary of the many specialist terms in corpus linguistics and will be useful for corpus linguists and non corpus linguists alike. Clearly written, by a team of experienced academics in the field, the glossary provides full coverage of both traditional and contemporary terminology. Entries are focused around the following broad groupings:
• Important corpora
• Key technical terms in the field
• Key linguistic terms relevant to corpus-based research
• Key statistical measures used in corpus linguistics
• Key computer programme/retrieval systems used in the construction and exploitation of corpora
• Standards applied within the field of corpus linguistics.

Excerpt

We have tried to avoid referring to website addresses where possible, as we found that some of the websites we included at the start of writing this book were no longer in existence when we reached the final stages. We have included websites of some organisations, groups, corpora or software where we feel that the site is unlikely to close down or move. However, we cannot vouch for the longevity of all of the websites given here. If readers wish to follow up specific terms on the internet and are taken to a dead link, we suggest that they accept our apologies and then try a reputable search engine like www.google.com (assuming that Google still exists!).

List of Acronyms

Corpus linguistics is a discipline that has yielded a prolific number of acronyms. This presents a problem in terms of consistency: some terms are best known by their acronym, others are best known by their full-name. We want to make the ordering of dictionary entries consistent, yet we also want them to be easy to find. So, in ordering dictionary entries we have made the decision to spell out all acronyms as full words, while including a list of all of the acronyms at the beginning of the dictionary along with their full titles. Therefore, readers who want to use this dictionary to find out about the BNC can look up its full title in the acronym list at . . .

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