The aims of this course are to give students the awareness, knowledge, experience and skills of analysis of naturally occurring language texts through a corpus assisted discourse studies approach.
More specifically by the end of the course you will have gained:
Knowledge and understanding: of corpus linguistics and the different kinds of corpora, of corpus approaches to discourse studies, criteria for corpus compilation
The nature of frequency data, the concept of keyness, collocation and collocates,
Application of knowledge and understanding
You will be able to apply your knowledge to: the applications of corpus data to research in linguistics and the social sciences, devising appropriate research questions, compiling a corpus, storing and labelling of texts, and analysing with the help of software programmes, analysis of wordlists, keyword analysis, reading concordance lines, analysis of collocation data
Critical analysis: will be developed through the analysis exercises in class, the examples of previous research and the corpus project
Communication skills: your competence in English will be improved by exposure through the readings, the corpus compilation, the lectures and use in participation in class and the presentation of the corpus project and by the attention paid to language analysis and the use of reference materials
NB The awareness and skills are built up gradually through the experiences introduced by interactive activities and group work throughout the course. It is possible to do the exam without having attended but those who do might have to spend much more time becoming familiar with the techniques and dealing with the pitfalls of applying knowledge and comprehension acquired through reading only.