Dr. Costas Gabrielatos, Senior Research Associate, University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL).
This talk addresses the roles which can be taken by corpora and corpus-based research in teaching language. It will compare traditional approaches to teaching about language, drawing on intuition, rules and exceptions, and a prescriptive approach, with the approach which can be taken by drawing on corpus based research: identifying patterns and probabilities in attested language use, from a descriptive rather than a prescriptive perspective. It will explore ways in which corpora can be drawn on in pedagogical materials and used in the classroom.
Pragmatics, the study of how language is used in context, has become a key element in the investigation of language functioning and communication impairment. Yet pragmatic aspects of language are particularly difficult to explore systematically. The Pragmatics Profile of Everyday Communication Skills helps practitioners gain an insight into how an individual typically communicates in day to day interaction in familiar settings with people he or she knows well.
When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books (e.g., "British English", "English Fiction", "French") over the selected years.
Hermeneuti.ca is a collaborative project by Stéfan Sinclair & Geoffrey Rockwell to think through some foundations of contemporary text analysis, including issues related to the electronic texts used, the tools and methodologies available, and the various forms that can take the expression of results from text analysis.
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