Course: Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

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Course title Introduction to Corpus Linguistics
Course code KAJ/KOL
Organizational form of instruction Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Peldová Petra, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Haupt Jaromír, Mgr. PhD.
  • Madsen Richard, M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
Week 1: Introduction to the course, basic terms, history of corpus linguistics, types of corpora, annotation Week 2: Basic queries, concordances, frequencies, wordlists. Week 3: Lancsbox and collocations, colligation, frequency data Week 4: Building and analysing a corpus Week 5: Using AntConc Week 6: Using Sketch engine Week 7: Czech National Corpus Week 8: BNC2014 - spoken corpus Week 9: Tasks in BNClab Week 10: Corpora and Language teaching Week 11: Learner Corpora Week 12: Corpus-based wordlists Week 13: Presentations, discussion Week 14: Test, presentations, discussion Par-time studies 9 lessons/semester

Learning activities and teaching methods
Practicum, E-learning, Students' self-study
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject is to introduce students to the fundamental aspects of corpus linguistics. Students will work with the already existing corpora, plus they learn how to create corpora for their teaching, learning, or researching purposes. Students will further get acquainted with basic tools, platforms and methods used when creating and analysing corpora. Each seminar includes a theoretical and practical part, where the students first learn about the given issue/concept and then they apply their knowledge in practice.
Acquired competencies: Knowledge of corpora, the ability to create a corpus and to use corpora while learning, teaching or researching ( especially in bachelor theses).
Prerequisites
Threshold B2 level of English

Assessment methods and criteria
Written assignment, Test

Homework 10% Test 40 % Mini presentation 40% Attendance 10% To obtain credit, one must achieve 70 per cent of the whole assessment. COVID 19 - during the distant teaching period, the lessons will be held online, in compliance with the timetable.
Recommended literature
  • Baker, Paul, Andrew Hardie, and Tony McEnery. A Glossary of Corpus Linguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006.
  • Baker, Paul, Costas Gabrielatos, and Tony McEnery. Discourse Analysis and Media Attitudes: The Representation of Islam in the British Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Baker, Paul. Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics. Edinburg: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
  • Baker, Paul. Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis. London / New York: Continuum, 2006.
  • Čermák, František et al. InterCorp: exploring a multilingual corpus. Praha: NLN, 2010.
  • Čermák, František. Korpus a korpusová lingvistika. Praha: Karlova univerzita, 2017.
  • Gablasova, Dana, Vaclav Brezina, and Tony McEnery. Collocations in Corpus-Based Language Learning Research: Identifying, Comparing, and Interpreting the Evidence. Language Learning, 67(S1). 2017.
  • Garside, Roger, Geoffrey Leech, and Tony McEnery. Corpus Annotation. Harlow: Longman, 1997.
  • Hunston, Susan. Corpora in Applied Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Love, Robbie, Clair Dembry, Andrew Hardie, Vaclav Brezina, and Tony McEnery. The Spoken BNC2014: designing and building a spoken corpus of everyday conversations.. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 22:3. 2017.
  • McEnery, Tony and Andrew Hardie. Corpus linguistics: method, theory and practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Reppen, Randi. Using Corpora in the Language Classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.


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