Corpora: Uses of corpora in research into academic discourse

From: Paul Thompson (p.a.thompson@reading.ac.uk)
Date: Mon May 13 2002 - 13:58:47 MET DST

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    I am preparing to write a review article on the uses that have been made
    of corpora in the study of academic discourse, such as in :

    * research into the vocabulary or grammar of academic discourse
    * rhetorical or discourse analysis of academic discourse
    * the preparation of teaching materials for Language for Specific
    Purposes (for example, EAP) courses
    * the provision of data for students to investigate either in language
    learning courses or in language study courses
    * study of discourse varieties, or in cross-linguistic comparisons

    Id like to ask members of the corpora list who have used corpora for
    any of the above purposes (or know of others who have) the following
    questions:

    What corpus/corpora did you work with? How was the corpus compiled? What
    format is/was it in? Is it publicly available?

    How was the corpus analyzed / investigated? How many people,
    approximately, have used the corpus (if it is possible to put a figure
    on this)?

    When was the research / teaching done, and were there any end products,
    such as software, books, journal articles?

    Please reply directly to me, rather than to the list, and I will publish
    a summary of the responses, towards the end of May.

    Many thanks in advance for your cooperation, and apologies to those who
    have no interest in the subject!

    Paul

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    Dr Paul Thompson
    School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies
    Language Resource Centre
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    The University of Reading
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