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An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics JEngL 28.2 (June 2000)Nelson / Kennedy, Corpus Linguistics REVIEWS AnIntroductiontoCorpusLinguistics.ByGraemeKennedy.London:Longman,1998. Reviewed by Gerald Nelson University College London On first looking into a corpus, teachers as well as students may well be blinded by the sheer scale of the resource and by the possibilities for research that it offers. As the author of this book puts it, "The research topics in a machine-readable cor- pus are potentially as various and wide ranging as are the facts about a language and the use of that language" (274). The value of this book is that it provides practical examples of the range of research possibilities that a corpus offers, as well as indi- cating how corpus-based research projects may be undertaken. It is informed throughout by the view that corpus linguistics is not a separate branch of linguistics, but rather "descriptive linguistics aided by new technology" (268). There is some theoretical discussion of the place of corpus linguistics in the wider field, but in general, the author's approach is to let the results speak for themselves. The au- thor's declared aim is to whet the appetites of teachers and students, and in this he clearly succeeds. In the "Introduction," the author http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of English Linguistics SAGE

An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

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JEngL 28.2 (June 2000)Nelson / Kennedy, Corpus Linguistics REVIEWS AnIntroductiontoCorpusLinguistics.ByGraemeKennedy.London:Longman,1998. Reviewed by Gerald Nelson University College London On first looking into a corpus, teachers as well as students may well be blinded by the sheer scale of the resource and by the possibilities for research that it offers. As the author of this book puts it, "The research topics in a machine-readable cor- pus are potentially as various and wide ranging as are the facts about a language and the use of that language" (274). The value of this book is that it provides practical examples of the range of research possibilities that a corpus offers, as well as indi- cating how corpus-based research projects may be undertaken. It is informed throughout by the view that corpus linguistics is not a separate branch of linguistics, but rather "descriptive linguistics aided by new technology" (268). There is some theoretical discussion of the place of corpus linguistics in the wider field, but in general, the author's approach is to let the results speak for themselves. The au- thor's declared aim is to whet the appetites of teachers and students, and in this he clearly succeeds. In the "Introduction," the author
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