By Vander Viana, Sonia Zyngier, Geoff Barnbrook

Views on Corpus Linguistics is a suite of interviews with fourteen famous researchers within the box of linguistics. every one interview comprises a collection of ten questions: the 1st seven are universal to all members whereas the final 3 are attached to the study event of every visitor. within the basic questions, the invited students discover (sometimes debatable) themes corresponding to the idea that of representativeness, the position of instinct and the prestige of Corpus Linguistics. within the particular questions, they supply an intensive dialogue of fabrics and strategies in corpus study in addition to theoretical and utilized views at the use of corpora in language stories. even if specialists or newbies, the quantity will be of curiosity to all those that are looking to know about corpus linguistics and perform study during this attention-grabbing and transforming into quarter.

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Corpus Linguistics in South America As far as the scientific or methodological panorama is concerned, I would situate it at the crossroads between human and exact sciences, because it is concerned with both the observation of social life via collections of language output and the development of computational means for making sense of such observation. I think there is misunderstanding among some people outside the field, who believe Corpus Linguistics is in the quantitative research paradigm. Some may think that because of the figures and statistics that are usually found in our publications, but CL lies in between the two extremes (quantitative and qualitative).

Another strength is in allowing hypotheses to be tested on large amounts of data, which gives researchers much more confidence in making claims. One weakness is that data collection can be more time consuming and requires more planning than some other kinds of research. Spoken data is especially difficult to collect and transcribe, and I have seen more corpus linguists making use of Internet data (or online archives) as a result. Another weakness is that users need to be reasonably familiar with aspects of statistics, text encoding and computer applications, which can put some people off initially.

Readers are referred to Halliday (1992/2001) for an interesting discussion on the status of linguistics as a science, and Bronckart (2008) for what he calls language or text science. Corpus Linguistics in South America As far as the scientific or methodological panorama is concerned, I would situate it at the crossroads between human and exact sciences, because it is concerned with both the observation of social life via collections of language output and the development of computational means for making sense of such observation.

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