Postgraduate Course: Corpus Linguistics (MSc) (LASC11078)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
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||Other requirements|| None
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- gain an understanding of the construction of different corpora and what kinds of data they are able to provide
- gain a broad sense of the applications of electronic corpora
- 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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|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