Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English

Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English

Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English

Comparing English Worldwide: The International Corpus of English

Synopsis

The International Corpus of English assembles parallel collections of samples of spoken and written English from over fifteen English-speaking countries. The book explains the design of the ICE collections and the software and annotation systems that have been developed for the project. The later sections focus on problems of compiling some of the corpora and the project's research applications.

Excerpt

This volume introduces the International Corpus of English (ICE). It serves as a reference work for researchers and students using ICE or any of its components. More generally, it presents a conspectus of what is involved in compiling and annotating a corpus and suggests a range of applications for corpora. The recent surge of interest in corpus linguistics ensures that this volume will attract readers other than potential users of ICE--all those who wish to exploit the exciting possibilities for linguistic and related studies that are offered by the many computer corpora that are becoming publicly available.

Part I provides a general introduction to the ICE project and to ICLE, a sub project devoted to the language of foreign learners of English. The bulk of Part II is devoted to the ICE annotation schemes and the software employed to implement them. Part III discusses the problems of compiling the ICE corpora in a first language country (New Zealand) and in various second-language countries in Africa and Asia. Finally, Part IV demonstrates the value of the corpora for research, teaching, language planning, establishment of language norms, and information technology.

This is an appropriate place to record my gratitude to the dozens of researchers in the ICE community, who have joined me in developing a major resource for the study of the English language internationally. In particular, I am indebted to my collaborators in the Survey of English Usage, the co-ordinating centre of the ICE project.

S. G.

University College London . . .

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