Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English


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.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Edinburgh
Publication year:
  • 2009


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