Prof. Tony McEnery<http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/linguistics/about-us/people/tony-mcenery> and Dr. Vaclav Brezina<http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/linguistics/about-us/people/vaclav-brezina>, Lancaster University, UK
Would you like to learn how to analyse large amounts of language data using computer tools? Would you like to learn about the technology which is used in the production of all major dictionaries and grammar books of English? Are you interested in discourse analysis? If so, register for free at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/corpus-linguistics
The language of the course is English; subtitles and transcripts for main lectures and practical exercises available in Chinese, Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese.
The free online course starts on 16 September 2019 and runs for 8 weeks. There is no commitment: you can do as much or as little as you like.
The course offers a practical introduction to corpus linguistics, an extremely versatile methodology of language analysis using computers. Over eight weeks, course participants will be equipped with skills necessary for collecting and analysing large digital collections of text (corpora) and introduced to a number of topics demonstrating the use of corpora in areas as diverse as discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and language learning and teaching.
The course covers the following areas and corpus techniques:
Week 1: Introduction to corpus linguistics and basic techniques: concordancing Week 2: Further corpus techniques: collocation and keywords Week 3: Corpus-based discourse analysis Week 4: Building a corpus: tagging and processing data Week 5: Sociolinguistics: analysing BNC1994 and BNC2014 Week 6: Textbook and dictionary construction Week 7: Language learning and corpus linguistics Week 8: Swearing extravaganza: looking at language and society
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