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Introducing Electronic Text Analysis : A Practical Guide for Language and Literary Studies - Svenja Adolphs

Introducing Electronic Text Analysis

A Practical Guide for Language and Literary Studies


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"Introducing Electronic Text Analysis" is a practical and much needed introduction to bodies of linguistic data known as corpora. Written specifically for students studying this topic for the first time, the book begins with a discussion of the underlying principles of electronic text analysis. It then examines how these corpora enhance our understanding of literary and non-literary works.
In the first section the author introduces the concepts of concordance and lexical frequency, concepts which are then applied to a range of areas of language study. Key areas examined are the use of on-line corpora to complement traditional stylistic analysis, and the ways in which methods such as concordance and frequency counts can reveal a particular ideology within a text.
The book also includes chapters on fields of study which have been revolutionized by corpus techniques, such as translation studies, where the encoding of cultural values by corpora can influence the translation process, and language teaching, where data-driven learning is on the increase.
Presenting an accessible and thorough understanding of the underlying principles of electronic text analysis, the book contains abundant illustrative examples and a glossary with definitions of main concepts. It is also supported by a companion website with links to on-line corpora so that students can apply their knowledge to further study.

List of tables and illustrationsp. viii
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Electronic text analysis: corpus linguistics by another name?p. 1
A brief background to techniques in electronic text analysisp. 4
Studying language: theory and practicep. 6
Why use electronic text analysis?p. 7
The scope of electronic text analysisp. 9
Projects in electronic text analysisp. 11
Organization of the bookp. 13
Further readingp. 14
Notesp. 15
Electronic text resourcesp. 16
Introductionp. 16
What kind of resource for what kind of research?p. 17
From text to corpus: stages of handling electronic textsp. 21
Contemporary electronic text resourcesp. 28
Summaryp. 34
Activitiesp. 34
Further readingp. 35
Notesp. 35
Exploring frequencies in texts: basic techniquesp. 37
Introductionp. 37
Software packagesp. 38
Basic information about the textp. 39
Word listsp. 40
Keywordsp. 44
Other statistical measuresp. 48
Summaryp. 48
Activitiesp. 49
Further readingp. 49
Notesp. 49
Exploring words and phrases in use: basic techniquesp. 51
Introductionp. 51
The concordance outputp. 52
Describing words and phrases in usep. 56
Multi-word units and collocationp. 58
Summaryp. 61
Activitiesp. 62
Further readingp. 62
Notesp. 63
The electronic analysis of literary textsp. 64
Introductionp. 64
Using computers to analyse literary texts: basic techniquesp. 65
An example: semantic prosodies and point of view in fictionp. 69
Annotating literary corpora for stylistic researchp. 76
Summaryp. 77
Activitiesp. 78
Further readingp. 78
Notesp. 79
Electronic text analysis, language and ideologyp. 80
Introductionp. 80
Language, ideology and corporap. 80
Electronic texts for the study of ideologyp. 81
Key words, grammatical structures and ideologyp. 83
A sample analysisp. 84
Summaryp. 93
Activitiesp. 94
Further readingp. 95
Notesp. 96
Language teaching applicationsp. 97
Introductionp. 97
Electronic text resources for language teaching and learningp. 98
Language description and ELT pedagogyp. 99
Corpus-informed material designp. 105
Data-driven learningp. 109
Electronic text analysis and learner Englishp. 110
Summaryp. 112
Activitiesp. 113
Further readingp. 115
Notesp. 116
Further fields of applicationp. 117
Introductionp. 117
Looking backp. 117
Looking sidewaysp. 118
Looking aheadp. 129
Summaryp. 130
Activitiesp. 131
Further readingp. 132
Notesp. 132
Transcription conventions and codes in the CANCODE datap. 134
Glossaryp. 136
Bibliography of websitesp. 141
Bibliographyp. 146
Indexp. 155
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ISBN: 9780415320214
ISBN-10: 0415320216
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 159
Published: 5th June 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 16.03  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1