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Corpus Linguistics

This course is intended to provide students with the tools and the theoretical background necessary to carry out theoretical and applied research in corpus linguistics. Although the focus will be primarily on English language corpora, the course also will consider multi-lingual corpora in languages such as Spanish and Portuguese. In addition, a special emphasis will be placed on how English-corpora can be used to help educate students learning English as a second or foreign language. The course begins with an emphasis on methodology - how to create a corpus - and the theoretical basis of corpus-based research: how it fits in with other theoretical approaches to language analysis. The remainder of the courses focuses on various applications of corpus-based research, ranging from the study of language variation to the creation of teaching materials for English language learners grounded in the methodology of data-driven learning: a pedagogy that helps students study various types of grammatical constructions in various computerized corpora. Students will leave the course with the ability to conduct corpus-based research and apply their research findings in specific educational contexts.

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