Methods of corpus linguistics

lclig2250  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Methods of corpus linguistics
5 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
Christodoulides George (compensates Simon Anne-Catherine); Fairon Cédrick; Simon Anne-Catherine;
LFLTR1530 "Introduction aux sciences du langage"  or another course of introduction to linguistics.
Main themes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


At the end of the course, the student will be able to :

- build a corpus of language data (oral or written) for a particular purpose of linguistic research ;

- handle several computer softwares specialized in corpus analysis ; - make a quantitative study on a corpus ;

- make a qualitative study on a corpus.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
(1) To be able to lead, completely and autonomously, a linguistic study on corpora;
(2)To acquire a general knowledge on linguistic corpora (in French, but not only), tools and method.
(1) To design a corpus with the aim of a specific research question;
(2) To collect oral and written data + metadata;
(3) To "edit" the data (transcription, cleaning, formatting, encoding, etc.);
(4) To tag the data (at the several levels of linguistic analysis) with the help of proper software;
(5) To formulate research questions / hypothesis;
(6) To choose a methodology of analysis;
(7)To exploit / analyse a corpus according to a chosen methology (qualitative or quantitative);
(8) To present the results of a research.
Teaching methods
30 hours of lectures + 10 hours of practical works (dedicated to the realisation of a personal research based on the methodology explained in the lectures).
Evaluation methods
During the academic year : Compulsory participation to the practical work, which conditions access to the exam
Examen : Individual work to present during the lasted classes (+ written report on the work); Oral exam (on the content of the course and the methodology of the work).
Other information
Supports and references : Course PPT on iCampus; Instructions about the practical work on iCampus (software, methods, etc.); Articles to read.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Classics

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German