L-LIN/12 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

The module aims at providing a practical introduction to statistical procedures in corpus linguistics, i.e. a discipline that uses computers to analyse language, organized according to linguistic topics (ranging from vocabulary and grammar to sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and historical investigations of language).

The main goal of the module is to help students understand key principles of statistical thinking in order to be able to make informed decisions about the applications of particular statistical techniques.

Course Structure

Lectures and workshops, which will be held in English.

Detailed Course Content

After introducing basic notions about corpora and corpus construction, the module, and the continuous hands-on sessions, will focus on the use of software for the statistical analysis of the English language including: a) for the analysis of lexis, with particular emphasis on collocation, keywords and lexical density, b) a lexico-grammatical approach to language description; c) the analysis of language variation, focusing on registers; d) sociolinguistic and stylistic studies; e) Diachronic comparisons.

Textbook Information

- Brezina, Vaclav, 2018, Statistics in Corpus Linguistics. A Practical Guide, Cambridge University Press, pp. 296.

- Baker, Paul, 2010, “Will Ms ever be as frequent as Mr? A corpus-based comparison of gendered terms across four diachronic corpora of British English”. In: Gender and Language. 4/1, pp. 125-149.


Teaching materials for the practical workshop on corpus querying software will be available on STUDIUM.


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