Corpus linguistics in the UK: resources for sociolinguistic research

Anderson, W. (2008) Corpus linguistics in the UK: resources for sociolinguistic research. Language and Linguistics Compass, 2(2), pp. 352-371. (doi: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2008.00057.x)

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Sociolinguistics has always relied on authentic data, and is increasingly finding value in the methods and textual resources developed by corpus linguists. This article begins by surveying current activity in corpus linguistics in the UK in terms of publications, conferences and networks, and then outlines the range of research currently ongoing, with a particular focus on corpus resources that are readily available and likely to be of use to sociolinguists. This includes general corpora, specialized corpora, and corpora of regional or historical varieties, as well as tools and initiatives for standardization and data-sharing, which aim to allow users to exploit corpora as fully as possible. The focus is largely on corpora of English, but corpora of other languages are also considered. The discussion treats corpora from the point of view of their availability and the provision of accompanying metadata, both issues central to effective sociolinguistic enquiry.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Due to publisher embargo full text will not be made available until March 2009
Keywords:Corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, resources
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Professor Wendy
Authors: Anderson, W.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Language and Linguistics Compass

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