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Corpus Linguïstiek


Admission requirements



This course aims to provide a general introduction to the use of corpus tools in the study of language to students with little or no prior knowledge in using electronic language corpora. Methods of analysis will be presented, both on a theoretical level and in hands-on tasks in the computer room.
Students will learn how to use a range of types of corpora in different languages (written, spoken, multimodal, specialised, learner) and corpus analysis packages (Wordsmith and AntConc).
The analysis of patterns in language variation (according to style, register, regional varieties, etc.), will be demonstrated by using different analysis tools in corpus linguistics (word frequency lists, concordancing, keywords).
Finally, the students will be introduced to a variety of applications of corpus linguistics in sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and discourse analysis.

Course objectives

By the end of the course the students should be able to:

  • understand the basic concepts in corpus linguistics (CL)

  • describe different applications of CL

  • use large-scale corpora and corpus analysis packages

  • interpret the findings of CL analyses

  • formulate a hypothesis and perform individual research using CL tools


The timetable will be available by June 1st at the website of Linguistics

Mode of instruction

  • One-hour lecture per week

  • One-hour seminar per week

Course Load

Total course load: 140 hrs Hours spent on:

  • attending lectures and seminars: 26 hrs

  • studying the compulsory literature: 38

  • completing hands-on tasks outside the classroom: 26

  • preparing for the written (mid-term) exam: 10

  • writing the paper (reading and research): 40

Assessment method

Written exam (20%)
Paper (80%)


Yes Blackboard

Reading list

McEnry, Tony and Andrew Wilson. 2001. Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Further reading:
O’Keeffe, Anne and Michael McCarthy. 2010. The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. London and New York: Routledge (to be made available).


Students are requested to register for the course and the examination through uSis


As the course will be taught in the computer lab, the maximum number of students will be 18-20.