Introduction: Piotr Pęzik
Introduction Piotr Pęzik Over the recent years corpus tools and methodologies have gained widespread recognition in various areas of theoretical and applied linguistics. Data lodged in corpora is used across languages and disciplines as distinct as historical linguistics, language didactics, discourse analysis, machine translation and search engine development to name but a few. The biennial PALC conference has been organized for the last 14 years at the University of Łódź to help a wide community of researchers, language professionals and practitioners keep up to date with new corpus theories and methodologies as well as language-related applications of computational tools and resources. Over the years the list of PALC conference participants has included hundreds of linguists, lexicographers, translators, foreign and native language teachers, methodologists, journalists and media discourse analysts, computer scientists working in the field of language processing, and many other scholars and practitioners of different disciplines and backgrounds. More than 30 papers were presented at the 8th Practical Applications in Language and Computers conference organized held in Łódź in 2011 with plenary lectures delivered by Bas Aarts, Raymond Hickey, Rafał Molencki, Maciej Piasecki and Anatol Stefanowitsch. The present volume contains a selection of those papers, which can be categorized into six broad corpus applications topical areas: language teaching, historical linguistics, media and political discourse, grammar and phraseology, computational tools and translation studies. Language teaching and learning In the opening paper Bas Aarts, Dan Clayton and Sean Wallis introduce a corpus- based platform used in the process of teaching the...
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