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Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis

Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis

In this chapter we examine an approach which is defined by its use of analytic methods developed in the field of corpus linguistics. Corpus (the plural form is corpora) is a Latin word meaning ‘body’. In linguistics, it has historically been used to refer to a ‘body’ of data—a sample of utterances or texts—which provides evidence about the language it comes from. The term can still be used with that general meaning, but today it is most often used to refer to a particular kind of sample: a large collection of authentic linguistic material which is stored in computer-readable form and can be analysed using computer software.

The use of corpus methods adds a quantitative dimension to discourse analysis, using statistical techniques ...

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