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Diachrony and Synchrony in English Corpus Linguistics


Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes and Salvador Valera Hernández

The volume brings together a selection of invited articles and papers presented at the 4th International CILC Conference held in Jaén, Spain, in March 2012. The chapters describe English using a range of corpora and other resources. There are two parts, one dealing with diachronic research and the other with synchronic research. Both parts investigate several aspects of the English language from various perspectives and illustrate the use of corpora in current research. The structure of the volume allows for the same linguistic aspect to be discussed both from the diachronic and the synchronic point of view. The chapters are also useful examples of corpus use as well as of use of other resources as corpus, specifically dictionaries. They investigate a broad array of issues, mainly using corpora of English as a native language, with a focus on corpus tools and corpus description.
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Dictionary- and corpus-based research in applied and descriptive linguistics: Salvador Valera-Hernández



Dictionary- and corpus-based research in applied and descriptive linguistics1


Dictionaries are sometimes used as sources of data for similar purposes as corpora. The value of some of the evidence retrievable from dictionaries is questionable compared with the value given to similar evidence retrieved from corpora. This question can be raised comparing the contents of this part of the book and also of some of the contents of the first part. In both cases, the data obtained from corpora and dictionaries advise to revise statements that are according to logical expectations or according to what is in the literature.


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