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Corpus Linguistics with <I>BNCweb</I> – a Practical Guide

Hoffmann, Sebastian / Evert, Stefan / Smith, Nicholas / Lee, David / Berglund Prytz, Ylva

Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb – a Practical Guide

Series: English Corpus Linguistics - Volume 6

Year of Publication: 2008

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2008. XVIII, 288 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-56315-1 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.410 kg, 0.904 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book presents a richly illustrated, hands-on discussion of one of the fastest growing fields in linguistics today. The authors address key methodological issues in corpus linguistics, such as collocations, keywords and the categorization of concordance lines. They show how these topics can be explored step-by-step with BNCweb, a user-friendly web-based tool that supports sophisticated analyses of the 100-million-word British National Corpus. Indeed, the BNC and BNCweb have been described by Geoffrey Leech as «an unparalleled combination of facilities for finding out about the English language of the present day» (Foreword). The book contains tasks and exercises, and is suitable for undergraduates, postgraduates and experienced corpus users alike.


Contents: Reference guide to BNCweb, a user-friendly, web-based interface to the British National Corpus (key features include: collocations, frequency distribution, keywords) – Practical guide to methodology, covering both quantitative and qualitative analysis of corpora – Query language reference.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Authors: Sebastian Hoffmann is based at Lancaster University (UK), Stefan Evert at the University of Osnabrück (Germany), Nicholas Smith at the University of Salford (UK), David Lee at the City University of Hong Kong, and Ylva Berglund Prytz at the University of Oxford (UK). The authors have extensive experience of teaching and researching with language corpora, in particular the BNC.


English corpus linguistics. Vol. 6
Edited by Thomas Kohnen and Joybrato Mukherjee