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Corpus Lexicography


Admission requirements

Not applicable


In this course, students are introduced to the field of lexicography with a focus on computational and corpus linguistic aspects in lexicography. Lexicography is concerned with the theory and practice of compiling dictionaries.
We will discuss various computational tools lexicographers use whilst making a dictionary, including the Corpus Query System for analysis and the Dictionary Writing System for synthesis.
This course also teaches students about theoretical and practical issues involved in compiling complex data sets for lexicographic purposes. Students will learn about corpus design and annotation. They will learn how to manipulate text using regular expressions and will gain basic knowledge of database technology for lexicography.
We will couple the theory with practical activities such as compiling a corpus and preparing it for lexicographic use and using lexicographic tools to create a sample dictionary.

Course objectives

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired knowledge on the following notions and subjects:

  • Computational lexicography

  • Corpus linguistics

  • History of corpus linguistics

  • Corpus design Size, sampling, text type, genre, XML/TEI encoding, metadata

  • Corpus analysis and annotation POS-tagging, tokenisation, lemmatisation, parsing, frequency lists

  • Corpus Query Systems Concordance, collocations, word sketches

  • Databases

  • Database structure for lexicography

  • Dictionary Writing Sytems

  • Dictionary use

  • Log files


Linguistics research

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (in case of four or more students)

  • Research (in case of less than four students)

Course Load

Total course load 10EC x 28 hours= 280 hours

  • Lectures: 26

  • Practical work: 52

  • Preparation tutorials:

  • Tutoring:

  • Study of compulsory literature: 82

  • Assignment(s):

  • Tutorials:

  • Preparation exam:

  • Exam(s)/Essay: 120

  • Other components:

Assessment method

The course is assessed by means of a final paper plus a number of practical assignments throughout term.
Resit: students who fail the course may resit the final paper.
The final mark is based on the grade for the final paper plus the additional requirement that the practical assignments throughout the term are completed with a sufficient result. Weighting is as follows: paper 90%; practical assignments throughout the term 10%.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


This course is supported by Blackboard

Blackboard will be used to provide students with:

  • an overview of current affairs;

  • specific information about (components of) the course. (lecture slides, assignments)

Reading list

Text book:
Atkins and Rundell (2008) The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. Oxford University Press. 540 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-927770-4 (Hardback). Price: £ 85.00 (Paperback £ 29.99).

Additional literature will be assigned during the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15.

All other students should contact the Coordinator of Studies*

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch


For questions about the content of the course, please contact the teacher:
C. Tiberius

Education Administration Office van Wijkplaats:

Coordinator of Studies: Else van Dijk