What is corpus linguistics? What the data says

Taylor, Charlotte (2008) What is corpus linguistics? What the data says. ICAME Journal, 32. pp. 179-200. ISSN 1502-5462

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Stubbs (2006), in his state of the art overview, draws attention to the frequent reticence or vagueness of corpus analysts in discussing their operational methods within a scientific context, (a context addressed in detail in Partington forthcoming). This lack of clarity in discussing the methodological framework employed is, perhaps, most surprising given the way in which corpus linguistics situates itself within a scientific frame, and lays such claims to a scientific nature. This brief paper, then, addresses the question posed in its title, namely, “What is corpus linguistics?” – is it a discipline, a methodology, a paradigm or none or all of these? – but does not attempt to offer any definitive answers. Rather, the aim is to present the reader with a number of observations on how corpus linguistics has been construed in its own literature and then to leave the question open, in the hope of stimulating further discussion. The study takes the specific term corpus linguistics and looks at how it is defined and described both explicitly and implicitly in a variety of relevant sources.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: corpus linguistics
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 00:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/53389

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