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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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ALEJANDRO ALCARAZ-SINTES has been senior lecturer (tenured) at the University of Jaén since 2011. He has also lectured at various universities (Cergy-Pontoise, Jena, Wurzburg, Tartu, Opole and Toronto) as a guest lecturer. His main research interests lie within English historical linguistics, particularly the complementation of adjectives and medieval medical texts. He has written a monograph, book chapters, and a number of journal articles and reviews, some in international journals, and has co-edited an international monograph. He has co-edited two issues of The Grove (2000 and 2002) and the proceedings of the SEDERI (Spanish Society for English Renaissance Studies) and SELIM conferences for 2004 and 2005, respectively, and is guest co-editor of the first issue of RiCL – Research in Corpus Linguistics .

MIGUEL-ÁNGEL BENÍTEZ-CASTRO has recently completed his PhD at the University of Granada (Spain). From 2009–2013, he held a four-year PhD scholarship funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, during which time he developed his research on a multifaceted approach to the analysis of English shell nouns. His research output for the past four years has spanned various areas of linguistic enquiry, ranging from derivational morphology, EAP, learner language and systemic-functional linguistics, all of which he has managed to combine in his study on the syntactico-semantic and textual contribution of shell nouns to different types of discourse. As a research visitor at the Centre for Advanced Research in English at the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2011 and 2012, he acquired expertise in...

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