Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics

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| KU Leuven
| KU Leuven
| University College Ghent/Ghent University
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Contrastive Linguistics, like other linguistic disciplines, is becoming more and more data-oriented, relying increasingly on the statistical analysis of corpus data to reveal and investigate the similarities and dissimilarities between languages. The volume Corpus Studies in Contrastive Linguistics illustrates this current trend with a representative sample of contrastive linguistic case studies. These cover a range of linguistic phenomena (syntax, modality and discourse) and pursue different types of research questions (grammaticalization, pragmatic function, stylistic function, typological profile). Accordingly, they use different types of corpora: contemporary and historical texts, written and spoken discourse, and various text types, such as academic discourse and political discourse. Five different languages are represented (English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Lithuanian) with English as a language of comparison in each contribution. The studies all show that quantitative analyses are not at odds with insightful qualitative interpretations or functional approaches to language, but rather complement each other. This volume was orginally published as a special issue of International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15:2 (2010).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 43]  2012.  v, 171 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
Developments in Corpus-based Contrastive Linguistics
Stefania Marzo, Kris Heylen and Gert De Sutter
1–6
Articles
Believe-type raising-to-object and raising-to-subject verbs in English and Dutch: A contrastive investigation in diachronic construction grammar
Dirk Noël and Timothy Colleman
7–32
Contingency hedges in Dutch, French and English: A corpus-based contrastive analysis of the language-internal and -external properties of English depend, French dépendre and Dutch afhangen, liggen and zien
Bart Defrancq and Gert De Sutter
33–62
Cultural differences in academic discourse: Evidence from first-person verb use in the methods sections of medical research articles
Ian A. Williams
63–88
Cognitive verbs in context: A contrastive analysis of English and French argumentative discourse
Anita Fetzer and Marjut Johansson
89–115
Mood and modality in finite noun complement clauses: A French-English contrastive study
Issa Kanté
117–140
Choice of strategies in realizations of epistemic possibility in English and Lithuanian: A corpus-based study
Aurelija Usonienė and Audrone Soliene
141–166
Index
167–171
“The current volume illustrates the vitality of a new discipline of corpus-based Contrastive linguistics. The contributions cover a wide range of phenomena in grammar, pragmatics and discourse using many types of corpora.”
“The six articles in this volume illustrate very clearly the power of quantitative corpus-based approaches in revealing cross-linguistic similarities and differences across a range of five European languages. The book will be essential reading for anyone wishing to explore how computer-based analysis of texts can help us to understand the complexities of interlinguistic patterns.”
“This is an attractive and readable volume that will hopefully encourage future attempts in the subject of contrastive linguistics, for the languages examined here and beyond. It will be of interest to scholars already working in cross-linguistic areas of language, especially those with a focus on pragmatics and discourse studies, but maybe not so much so to the uninitiated in the field of contrastive linguistics.”
“This book represents an impressive new collection of studies that have not only provided many incisive insights into cross-linguistic differences and similarities in the languages investigated, but have also demonstrated the power of corpus-based approaches to contrastive linguistic research.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012013943