It covers the following topics: corpus design:
- data collection, archiving and markup.
- corpus typology: spoken and written corpora; monolingual vs multilingual; native vs learner; diachronic vs synchronic.
- major electronic corpora: British National Corpus, International Corpus of English, International Corpus of Learner English, MICASE, Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage, etc.
- corpus annotation (POS-tagging, lemmatization, parsing, semantic tagging, prosodic annotation, error tagging).
- automated analysis of lexis, grammar and discourse.
Special attention is paid to the links between corpus linguistics and foreign language learning, contrastive and translation studies and natural language processing.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
By the end of the course, students are expected to have a solid theoretical background in corpus linguistics and master the main techniques and tools used to analyse spoken and written computerized data. They will be able to read the scientific literature and conduct their own research in the field.
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”.
In January or September: written exam counting for 80% of the final grade.
A WORD OF CAUTION: students who have not handed in their written assignment(s) on time will fail this course overall.