By Winnie Cheng

Advent -- Linguistic inquiries -- An creation to corpus linguistics -- Corpus seek and research equipment -- prolonged devices of which means -- Data-driven and corpus-driven language studying -- Corpus linguistics and our understandings of language and textual content -- Corpus techniques to language and textual content

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Is there a word that seems to be occurring more frequently here than in general English? Subject to compliance with applicable laws, any full-time or part-time employee, executive or officer of the Group, executive or nonexecutive director of the Group, or full-time or part-time employee, executive, officer or director of BOC or any of its subsidiaries serving as a member of any committee of the Group. The word is ‘or’. Is this word more common in legal texts generally? How would corpus linguistics help you to answer this question?

A corpus is not just any collection of texts; it is ‘a collection of naturally occurring language texts, chosen to characterize a state or variety of a language’ (Sinclair, 1991: 171). In other words, a corpus is designed and compiled based on corpus design principles. Sinclair (2005a) details a set of core principles and these are listed below: 1 Corpus contents are selected based on their communicative purpose in the community without regard for the language that they contain. 2 The control of subject matter in the corpus is imposed by the use of external, and not internal, criteria.

The attached Sketch no. xx/xxxxxxx’ and ‘For your easy reference, sections of the slope is attached’) (p. 68). Linguistic inquiries in public and media contexts In public and media contexts, an interesting study was reported by Mollin (2009: 370), who investigated a corpus of more than 3 million words that comprised the public statements, speeches and interviews, and parliamentary proceedings of Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the UK between 1997 and 2007. These public discourses were then compared to general English usage captured in the British National Corpus (100 million words).

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