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Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English


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Hans Lindquist is professor of English Linguistics at Malm University, Sweden. He has taught English in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, New Zealand and the Gambia and co-edited volumes on translation theory, the major varieties of English, and corpora and grammaticalization. Magnus Levin is Associate Professor of Languages at Linneaus University. His research interests include change and variation in English grammar and phraseology, pragmatics and translation studies.


Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English is a practical textbook that provides a vivid introduction to the field of corpus linguistics and the description of English... For anyone looking to do some hands-on investigations on language using existing corpora, this book can only be highly recommended. This textbook is a valuable addition to existing literature on corpus-linguistic methods of research and contributes greatly to making corpus linguistics more approachable to students.

--Stephanie Ullmann "Corpus Pragmatics"

The updated edition of Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English makes an outstanding introductory book on corpus linguistics. It covers the most important basics of corpus linguistics methodology in a highly accessible way, and illustrates the applications of corpus linguistic analysis in some of the most prominent areas of English language description in a nontechnical manner. The study questions, hands-on exercises, and further reading provided at the end of each chapter dramatically improve its suitability as a textbook for a first course on corpus linguistics for undergraduate and master's students in English language and literature. Readers of the first edition will also find the new edition decidedly superior, with its new coverage of social media, DIY corpora, and ethical concerns, new materials on metonymy and pragmatics, comprehensive information on new corpora, and numerous updated example investigations, exercises, and study questions.

--Xiaofei Lu "Journal of English Linguistics"

Two generations of corpus linguists teamed up for this edition, and the authors' profound expertise in research and teaching is clearly in evidence throughout, both in the concise discussion of key issues and the thoughtful methodology of exercises. Through its systematic structure, the book can easily and profitably be used as a week-by-week semester textbook or, alternatively, provides self-contained study units in specialist seminars that seek to integrate a corpus perspective.

--Stefan Diemer, Trier University of Applied Sciences "ICAME, Volume 44, 2020"

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