Corpora: Pragmatics and Discourse

Papers from the 29th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 29). Ascona, Switzerland, 14-18 May 2008


This volume presents current state-of-the-art discussions in corpus-based linguistic research of the English language. The papers deal with Present-day English, worldwide varieties of English and the history of the English language. A special focus of the volume are studies in the broad field of corpus pragmatics and corpus-based discourse analysis. It includes corpus-based studies of speech acts, conversational routines, referential expressions and thought styles, as well as studies on the lexis, grammar and semantics of English. And it also includes several studies on technical aspects of corpus compilation, fieldwork and parsing.

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Biographical Note
Andreas H. Jucker, Daniel Schreier and Marianne Hundt are professors of English linguistics at the University of Zurich.
Review Quotes
”This book is an excellent resource for anyone interested in how corpus-based research can contribute to the study of higher-level linguistic phenomena. The breadth of the collected papers is impressive, both in terms of their linguistic objects of study, which vary from high-level categories, such as exhortations, to specific constructions and words, as well as in the range of methodological approaches that are adopted by the authors of the studies. … a remarkable volume, presenting studies that should appeal to newcomers to corpus-based research in pragmatics and discourse as well as those who have already conducted this kind of research and want to stay informed of current approaches.” in: The Linguist List 21.2695
Table of contents
Andreas H. Jucker, Daniel Schreier and Marianne Hundt: Corpus linguistics, pragmatics and discourse
Pragmatics and discourse
Thomas Kohnen: Historical corpus pragmatics: Focus on speech acts and texts
Irma Taavitsainen: The pragmatics of knowledge and meaning: Corpus linguistic approaches to changing thought-styles in early modern medical discourse
Tanja Rütten: A diachronic perspective on changing routines in texts
Minna Nevala: Friends will be “friends”? The sociopragmatics of referential terms in early English letters
Minna Palander-Collin: Self-reference and mental processes in early English personal correspondence: A corpus approach to changing patterns of interaction
Anita Fetzer: Sort of and kind of in political discourse: Hedge, head of NP or contextualization cue?
Karin Aijmer: “So er I just sort I dunno I think it’s just because...”: A corpus study of I don’t know and dunno in learners’ spoken English
Magnus Levin and Hans Lindquist: On the face of it: How recurrent phrases organize text
Karin Axelsson: Research on fiction dialogue: Problems and possible solutions
Anna Marchi and Charlotte Taylor: Establishing the EU: The representation of Europe in the press in 1993 and 2005
Lexis, grammar and semantics
Stephen Coffey: A nightmare of a trip, a gem of a hotel: The study of an evaluative and descriptive frame
Magali Paquot and Yves Bestgen: Distinctive words in academic writing: A comparison of three statistical tests for keyword extraction
Naixing Wei: On the phraseology of Chinese learner spoken English: Evidence of lexical chunks from COLSEC
Jukka Tyrkkö and Turo Hiltunen: Frequency of nominalization in Early Modern English medical writing
Arja Nurmi: May: The social history of an auxiliary
Sara Gesuato: GO to V: Literal meaning and metaphorical extensions
Carolin Biewer: Passive constructions in Fiji English: A corpus-based study
Ingvilt Marcoe: Subordinating conjunctions in Middle English and Early Modern English religious writing
Daniël Van Olmen: A contrastive look at English and Dutch (negative) imperatives
Corpus compilation, fieldwork and parsing
Dagmar Deuber: Caribbean ICE corpora: Some issues for fieldwork and analysis
Alpo Honkapohja, Samuli Kaislaniemi and Ville Marttila: Digital Editions for Corpus Linguistics: Representing manuscript reality in electronic corpora
Hans Martin Lehmann and Gerold Schneider: Parser-based analysis of syntax-lexis interactions
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