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Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching

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Tony Harris and Maria Moreno Jaen

Derived from the successful International Seminar on Corpus Linguistics, New Trends in Language Teaching and Translation Studies: In Honour of John Sinclair (Granada, September 2008), organised by the research groups ADELEX (Assessing and Developing Lexical Competence) and ECPC (European Comparable and Parallel Corpora), seven contributions from well-known scholars in the field focus their attention on recent advances made in Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching. The first four chapters deal with more practical issues of applying corpora to language learning and teaching, examining particularly the integration of data-driven learning and different types of corpora including pedagogical, spoken multimedia and parallel. The last three chapters are concerned more with corpus-based research for language teaching arguing for more refined statistical methodology, comparing conversational features of the British National Corpus with a micro-corpus of movies and forwarding the case for research into corpus-based, meaning-oriented multimodal annotation, respectively. This volume is homage to John Sinclair’s academic legacy and the groundbreaking work which continues to honour his name.

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TONY HARRIS / MARÍA MORENO JAÉN Introduction The seven chapters in Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching are derived from the International Seminar “New Trends in Corpus Linguistics for Language Teaching and Translation Studies: In Honour of John Sinclair”, organised jointly by the research projects ADELEX (HUM2007-61766, University of Granada) and ECPC (HUM2005-03756, University Jaume I, Castellón), in Granada on 22- 24 September 2008. John Sinclair was truly a ‘giant’ in English language studies, whose books, as Michael Hoey (2007) notes, “are compulsory reading for any serious language student”. A founding member of the ground-breaking COBUILD project in lexical computing, he proposed “a new kind of dictionary for advanced learners of English, which involved the largest corpus of English language texts in the world” (Lavid 2007: 9). But if the publishing of the Collins COBUILD English Language Dictionary in 1987 was to confirm his international reputation (after the critically-acclaimed, Towards the Analysis of Discourse, in 1975 with Malcolm Coulthard), it was the Corpus Concordance Collocation (1991), and later, Trust the Text (2004), which would inextricably link his own name with the ideas of ‘collocation’ and the ‘idiom principle’. All seven chapters in this volume are testament to John Sinclair’s legacy. The first four chapters deal with more practical issues of applying corpora to language learning and teaching, while the last three chapters are concerned more with corpus-based research for language teaching. Tony Harris / María Moreno Jaén 8 The first chapter, ‘Data-Driven Learning: On paper, in...

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