Using corpora in language studies (2)

xujiajin

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This is no surprising. Every field of linguistic inquiry has to resort to linguistic facts, collection of linguistic data. So basically we cannot say that the rise of Corpus linguistics that changes the researches mentioned above. Rather, we can say these research areas are in need of field data.
 

xiaoz

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Corpora have not changed, but in fact "REVOLUTIONISED" (Hunston 2002) many areas of language studies.
 

xujiajin

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But revolutionized areas of language studies have not produced revolutionized findings yet. We cannot overstate the role of corpora in linguistics and applied linguistics research.
 

xiaoz

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Disagreed. "Revolutionized findings" are too numerous to list...ranging from major corpus-based dictionaries and grammar descriptions to forensic linguistics.
 

xujiajin

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Contributions to applied ling are enormous, but not to the study of nature of language per se. But i do aware of the insights into the so-called grammar of spoken language.
 

xiaoz

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Spoken grammar is in fact one of the most important areas that corpora have revolutionised. The contributions of McCarthy and Carter's team at Nottingham are particularly noteworthy (see my posting for (1) for a few examples). Biber et al 1999 also have a whole chapter describing corpus-based spoken grammar.
 
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