This volume, edited by Guy Aston, elegantly and comprehensively illustrates the connection between corpora and language learning.
Many language professionals are now aware of the existence of corpus resources and see that these resources are being successfully exploited in various ways in disciplines related to language learning. In addition, many teachers and researchers have discovered that descriptions of grammar and lexis in traditional reference works, such as dictionaries and grammars, are being called into question by studies of actual usage, as revealed by corpus analyses.
These views are now widely held in Europe and in the United States, but many feel they lack knowledge beyond these generalities and are unsure about specific ways in which corpora relate to language learning. This volume includes the following topics:
- Corpora in language pedagogy: an overview, Guy Aston
- Corpora and their uses in language research, Alan Partington
- Corpus-based description in teaching and learning, Alan Partington
- The pedagogic use of spoken corpora, Daniela Zorzi
- The learner as researcher, Laura Gavioli
- Integrating corpus work into an academic reading course, Ray Brodine
- Corpora, translation, and language learning, Federico Zanettin
- Exploring cultural connotations through ad hoc corpora, Franco Bertaccini and Guy Aston
- A learner explores general language corpora, Silvia Bernardini.
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