Postgraduate Course: Corpus Linguistics (MSc) (LASC11078)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Language Sciences
||Other subject area||None
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||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course covers the ways in which electronic text databases (corpora) can be used to do research in linguistics and language studies. Corpora can show the distribution of a word or construction, which can tell us about the structure or function of that item, and/or the way it patterns stylistically, socially, regionally, or historically.
Students will be exposed to a range of different corpora (spoken, written, historically and socially differentiated, single genre and multi-genre),and encouraged also to think of the internet as a corpus. We will look at the ways in which electronic texts are adapted for linguistic research through tagging and mark-up. Most sessions will be held in the teaching lab where students will learn to use concordancing software to extract and manipulate data.
We will not only make use of collocational data but also word frequency lists, which can be used to estimate vocabulary size and to make inferences about how words are remembered and parsed by speakers.
The course assumes that students have not worked with electronic corpora before, and provides a basic introduction to corpora and how to use them. It builds on knowledge that students could be expected to have of, for example, syntax or discourse, and demonstrates how they can pursue research in this area with a new methodology.
The CO will meet students in Weeks 3 and 4 to discuss and advise on possible topics for their presentation and assignment.
The CO will provide feedback (the week immediately after their presentations) so that they can use the feedback to improve/shape their research paper.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
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Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1)
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|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 26,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|On successful completion of this module, students should have:
- An understanding of the construction of different corpora and what kinds of data they are able to provide
- A broad sense of the applications of electronic corpora
They should be able to:
- Develop and refine a query to extract data from a corpus
- Present and discuss corpus results
- Use corpus data to answer questions about vocabulary, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, sociolinguistic variation and language change
|Presentation x2 (20%) and One 4,000 word essay (80%)|
Presentation Part A: submission of a hard copy Powerpoint presentation and brief commentary
Part A Assignment Deadline: Monday 10th April 2014
Presentation Part B: presentation of the Powerpoint to be made in class during week 9.
Part A & B Feedback Returned: the week immediately following the in-class presentations
Essay Assignment Deadline: 21st April 2014, 12 noon
Maximum Word Count: 4000 words
Essay Return Date: Tuesday 13th May 2014
|Keywords||electronic corpora, concordancing, collocation, word frequency
|Course organiser||Dr Brona Murphy
Tel: (0131 6)51 6408
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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