Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis (Continuum Discourse) by Paul Baker

By Paul Baker

This ebook examines ways to accomplishing discourse research (DA) utilizing thoughts which are grounded in corpus linguistics. Assuming no past wisdom of corpora, the ebook examines and evaluates various corpus-based methodologies together with: collocations, keyness, concordances, dispersion plots, and development and annotating corpora. Illustrated with a couple of real-life examples of corpus-based DA from a number resources and protecting quite a few topics, this can be an informative advent to utilizing corpus linguistics as a strategy in discourse research.

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G. a corpus of holiday leaflets (Chapter 3), a corpus of newspaper articles about refugees (Chapter 4) or a corpus of political debates on fox-hunting (Chapter 6). These were corpora which I built myself, they are reasonably small (none of them are over 200,000 words in size), and did not take a great deal of time to assemble. My corpora all included complete texts, rather than samples. ' There is no simple answer unfortunately, although there are a few points that are worth bearing in mind. g.

And then calculating a score based on their answers. g. depending on whether they are at work or with their parents or different groups of friends). Ironically, psychologists labelled people's ability to adjust their behaviour according to social context as being yet another quantifiable personality trait - self monitoring (Snyder and Gangestad 1986). Personality inventories therefore assume that there must be an essential identity, an 'inner me' or true personality, which social constructionists would dispute.

However, it also means that the resulting corpus is treated as a single 'text', and it therefore becomes difficult to make comparisons between different parts of it. 1 Screenshot from LexisNexis. 11 This software allows the user to download a website or part of a site from the internet to the user's PC, building recursively all directories, getting html, images, and other files. Once the site has been copied, it may still be necessary to strip the files of unwanted text in any case, and some websites are constructed in order to prevent copiers from taking their content in this way, which brings us to another issue, that of copyright and permission (see below).

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