This course offers a hands-on introduction to Corpus Linguistics, the study of language using large, digitised collections of naturally occurring speech and writing known as corpora. Corpora are a valuable resource for teaching and researching language. You will learn how to access, analyse, and visualise corpus data and work with software applications, as well as how to create your own small corpus. In addition, the course demonstrates some of the applications of Corpus Linguistics, most particularly in the areas of genres/ registers, Academic English and English language teaching.
The course is divided into a number of units. In general, each unit consists of a brief introduction, a reading assignment and practical tasks. To make the most of this course, please work through the individual units, reading assignments and tasks in the assigned weeks.