An under-exploited resource: using the BNC for exploring the nature of language learning

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At a time when the use of the world wide web as a source of data for linguistic description is beginning to be explored by corpus linguists, this paper considers insights which can be gained from an existing structured corpus, and possible implications for our understanding of the nature of language learning. The British National Corpus (BNC) is used as a source of data to explore semantic relations which may underlie certain multi-word sequences identified in the corpus. The analysis focuses on collocations containing verbs or amplifiers. It is suggested that the richness of the data in the BNC is still somewhat under-exploited for the description of English, and for exploring the nature of language learning and teaching.

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