Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics
Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics is a collection of interviews with fourteen well-known researchers in the field of linguistics. Each interview consists of a set of ten questions: the first seven are common to all contributors while the last three are connected to the research experience of each guest. In the general questions, the invited scholars explore (sometimes controversial) topics such as the concept of representativeness, the role of intuition and the status of Corpus Linguistics. In the specific questions, they provide a thorough discussion of materials and methods in corpus research as well as theoretical and applied perspectives on the use of corpora in language studies. Whether experts or novices, the volume should be of interest to all those who want to learn about corpus linguistics and carry out research in this fascinating and growing area.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 48] 2011. xvi, 256 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
ForewordRonald Carter | pp. ix–x
PrefaceVander Viana, Sonia Zyngier and Geoff Barnbrook | pp. xi–xvi
Applied Corpus Linguistics and the learning experienceGuy Aston | pp. 1–16
Social involvement in Corpus studiesPaul Baker | pp. 17–28
Corpus Linguistics in South AmericaTony Berber Sardinha | pp. 29–46
Variation in corpora and its pedagogical implicationsSusan Conrad | pp. 47–62
Synchronic and diachronic uses of corporaMark Davies | pp. 63–80
Methodological and interdisciplinary stance in Corpus LinguisticsStefan Th. Gries | pp. 81–98
Looking through corpora into writing practicesKen Hyland | pp. 99–114
A multilingual outlook of corpora studiesStig Johansson | pp. 115–130
Corpus Linguistics and Translation StudiesSara Laviosa | pp. 131–154
Principles and applications of Corpus LinguisticsGeoffrey N. Leech | pp. 155–170
Philosophical and literary concerns in Corpus LinguisticsBill Louw | pp. 171–196
A two-way exchange between syntax and corporaGeoffrey Sampson | pp. 197–212
The technological aspect of Corpus LinguisticsMike Scott | pp. 213–220
A critical view on the use of corporaJohn M. Swales | pp. 221–228
The politics of Corpus LinguisticsVander Viana | pp. 229–246
About the contributors | pp. 247–252
Index | pp. 253–256
“ Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics is a timely and authoritative account of the myriad ways in which Corpus Linguistics has revolutionized scholarship. Its innovative format brings together some of the most distinguished researchers in the field and elicits interventions that balance scholarly precision with personal experience to deliver fresh and engaging insights. It is bound to become the definitive reference in the field.”
Professor Mona Baker, University of Manchester
“It has become very difficult to think of cognitive science without corpus linguistics. This volume demonstrates this convincingly. It provides a much needed overview of the many facets of a thriving field. Because of its innovative format – interviews with leading researchers – the book is diverse yet unified, accessible yet detailed, multidisciplinary yet interdisciplinary. Any researcher studying language – linguists, psychologists, computer scientists, literary theorists alike – should read this book.”
Dr. Max M. Louwerse, University of Memphis
“This distinctive book presents the fundamental arguments of Corpus Linguistics through the voices of notable practitioners. It exposes some of the roots of Corpus Linguistics and highlights key questions which remain, as yet, unanswered. This volume is not just a record of where Corpus Linguistics has been, but an indication of where the field can go in the future. It will be equally stimulating reading for those researchers starting out in the field of Corpus Linguistics, those involved in theoretical and applied linguistics who want to know more about the current ground in Corpus Linguistics, and those interested in taking up the challenges for the future of Corpus Linguistics.”
Dr. Aisling O’Boyle, Queen’s University Belfast
“A fascinating series of personal commentaries, from prominent scholars in the field, on two large questions: the nature of corpus linguistics and its fundamental principles; and the impact of digital corpora on how we think about language itself and its place in such concerns as social constructionism, style and academic literacy, language teaching, and translation. These varied individual declarations of continued hope, albeit tempered by experience of the complexities involved in empirical linguistic research, are a pleasure to witness.”
Professor Michael Toolan, University of Birmingham
“This volume is a delight to read. It is very difficult to do justice to all of the interviewees in an overview of a limited scale because the book is packed with ideas, insights and interesting comments. The editors managed to put together interviews with some of the most respected scholars who have been working with corpora long enough to be able to offer a true insider perspective on the field.”
Anna Čermáková, Charles University Prague, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 19(2): 280-291, 2014
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