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Corpus Linguistics in Language Teaching


Edited By 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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Notes on Contributors ANTHONY BALDRY is Professor of English Linguistics at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Messina. He publishes mostly in the field of multimodality and multimediality, multimodal corpus linguistics, computer-assisted text analysis and software systems for text analysis. He has a special interest in the study of the evolution of (inter)semiotic systems. His current research, within the Seventh Framework Living Knowledge project, focuses on multimodal and inter- cultural aspects of automatic web-browser detection of cultural diversity and bias. With a view to disseminating interest in evolutionary models and approaches to information and knowledge management, he recently chaired a Living Knowledge seminar at the New Insights in Conversa- tion Symposium held in Granada. Websites: ; . ALEX BOULTON is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at Nancy Université. He has published extensively in the fields of corpus-based language teaching, DDL and CALL. Some of his most recent publications include ‘Data-driven learning: taking the computer out of the equation’ (Language Learning) and ‘Testing the limits of data- driven learning: language proficiency and learning’ (ReCALL Journal). SABINE BRAUN is Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies at the Uni- versity of Surrey. She holds an MA in Translation Studies and a PhD in Applied English Linguistics. Her research focuses on new forms of translation and interpreting, especially remote and videoconference interpreting. She is the author of Kommunikation unter widrigen Um- ständen? Einsprachige und gedolmetschte Kommunikation in der Video- konferenz [Communication under advserse conditions? Monolingual and interpreted videoconference communication] (2004) and currently leads the...

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