LING40320 Corpus Linguistics

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module will introduce students to the study of corpora in linguistics:
- it examines the notion of a corpus (differences between general/specialised, oral/written corpora, multimodal corpora, etc.),
- it discusses the theory and especially the practice of the construction of corpora (design criteria) and
- assesses tools (concordancers, frequency lists, collocates, etc.) for the exploitation of corpora.

The module will explore different approaches to analysing corpora, providing many hands-on exercises in the exploration and construction of linguistic corpora.

Examples of topics analysed through corpus-based approaches:
- Gender
- Linguistic variation (Irish English, US English, etc.)
- Words evolution (diachronic approach)
- Sentiment analysis (exploring language in social networks)
- Political speeches (Brexit, etc.)
- Linguistic politeness
- Media bias, etc.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
- critically examine the notion of a corpus
- understand the uses of text corpora in language research
- explore corpora with simple to more complex tools
- use a concordance program to extract data from a corpus
- design and build your own corpus
- understand how to analyse corpus data through statistical and discourse analysis methods.

Indicative Module Content:

- Corpus Linguistics applications
- Types of corpora
- Corpus design
- Tools
- Investigating a corpus (textual markers, collocates, word lists, etc.)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Computer Aided Lab




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Combined approach between theoretical content and many hands-on activities (tutorials)
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

several modules in Linguistics

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Project: Research-like paper Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: Practical exercise (investigating a corpus) Week 5 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Corpus design Week 8 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Class feedback, hands-on activities, individual feedback (summative assesment form and comments)

Name Role
Mr Tony Hopkins Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 14:00 - 15:50