The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics


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The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics

Edited by Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen, Northern Arizona University
Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107037380 (Hardback)

The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics (CHECL) surveys the breadth of corpus-based linguistic research on English, including chapters on collocations, phraseology, grammatical variation, historical change, and the description of registers and dialects. The most innovative aspects of the CHECL are its emphasis on critical discussion, its explicit evaluation of the state of the art in each sub-discipline, and the inclusion of empirical case studies. While each chapter includes a broad survey of previous research, the primary focus is on a detailed description of the most important corpus-based studies in this area, with discussion of what those studies found, and why they are important. Each chapter also includes a critical discussion of the corpus-based methods employed for research in this area, as well as an explicit summary of new findings and discoveries.

  • Includes empirical case studies in each chapter, illustrating methods and research findings
  • A detailed description and analysis of the most important corpus-based studies in each sub-area
  • Explores up-to-date, state-of the-art research, analysis and findings

Table of Contents

Introduction (Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen)

Part I. Methodological Considerations:
1. Corpora: an introduction (Mark Davies)
2. Computational tools and methods for corpus compilation and analysis (Paul Rayson)
3. Quantitative designs and statistical techniques (Stefan Th. Gries)

Part II. Corpus Analysis of Linguistic Characteristics:
4. Discourse intonation: a corpus-driven study of prominence on pronouns (Winnie Cheng)
5. Keywords (Jonathan Culpeper and Jane Demmen)
6. Collocation (Richard Xiao)
7. Phraseology (Bethany Gray and Douglas Biber)
8. Descriptive grammar (Geoffrey Leech)
9. Grammatical variation (Daniela Kolbe-Hanna and Benedikt Szmrecsanyi)
10. Grammatical change (Martin Hilpert and Christian Mair)
11. Lexical grammar (Susan Hunston)
12. Using corpora in discourse analysis (Alan Partington and Anna Marchi)
13. Pragmatics (Brian Clancy and Anne O'Keeffe)
14. Historical pragmatics (Irma Taavitsainen)

Part III. Corpus Analysis of Varieties:
15. Spoken discourse (Shelley Staples)
16. Corpora and written academic English (Ken Hyland)
17. Register variation (Susan Conrad)
18. Diachronic registers (Merja Kyt? and Erik Smitterberg)
19. Literary style and literary texts (Michaela Mahlberg)
20. Dialect variation (Jack Grieve)
21. World Englishes (Marianne Hundt)
22. New answers to familiar questions: English as a lingua franca (Anna Mauranen, Ray Carey and Elina Ranta)
23. Learner language (Ga?tanelle Gilquin and Sylviane Granger)

Part IV. Other Applications of Corpus Analysis:
24. Vocabulary (Ron Martinez and Norbert Schmitt)
25. Lexicography and phraseology (Magali Paquot)
26. Classroom applications of corpus analysis (Thomas Cobb and Alex Boulton)
27. Corpus versus non-corpus informed pedagogical materials: grammar as the focus (Fanny Meunier and Randi Reppen)
28. Translation (Silvia Bernardini)