ENG3222 - Corpus Linguistics

Year of Study:3
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1200 Introduction to Linguistics,
ENG1205 English Lexical Studies
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of corpus linguistics, a rapidly developing field of ever-increasing importance. The nature, philosophy, methodology and use of corpus-based and corpus-driven language studies will be discussed. The value and potential of corpus linguistics as an empirically reliable tool and rich resource for almost all aspects of linguistic studies will be highlighted. Specifically, the module will discuss different types of language corpora and their versatile applications in a wide variety of fields. Useful English corpora will also be suggested for students’ self-directed English learning. With the introduction of the discovery approach of corpus linguistics as well as practical corpus resources and tools, the module aims to raise students’ intellectual curiosity, increase their learning motivation, and train their independent learning skills for sustained enhancement of language sensibility and proficiency.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts and appreciate the significance of corpus linguistics.

  2. Gain an awareness of major existing corpus resources for different kinds of linguistic studies.

  3. Develop the skills and habit of using corpus resources for language analysis.

  4. Apply induction and discovery strategies for self-directed language learning.