Doing Linguistics with a Corpus

Doing Linguistics with a CorpusEgbert, Jesse, Tove Larsson, et Douglas Biber. 2020. Doing Linguistics with a Corpus: Methodological Considerations for the Everyday User (Elements in Corpus Linguistics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108888790
 
A very well written and useful book. The general idea is that you always should keep in mind your linguistic research question and be aware that results obtained through corpus tools may create layers of abstraction between the data and the researcher. A basic understanding of what the tool does with your data (which changes it applies to them) is required. You should always come back to the original texts after obtaining results created with the help of statistical methods.
 
Some of my favorite quotes:
 
“we should always strive to choose minimally sufficiant statistical methods, meaning that we should choose tests that are no more no less sophisticated than the study design requires. (…) Even simple, seemingly straightforward statistical methods may lead to linguistically questionable conclusions caused by layers of abstraction between the data and the researcher” (p. 40).
 
“Statistical tests cannot replace linguistical analysis; they are, and should remain, tools that should assist the researcher in drawing linguistically valid conclusions” (p. 42).
 
“an ever-widening gap between the everyday user and the language contained in the corpus” (p. 70).
 
“end goal of turning corpus-based data into meaningful linguistic information” (p. 70).
 
[i]nformation is born when data are interpreted” (Stallings, 1989: 2) (p. 71).
 
“The two sides of any corpus-based linguistically meaningful quantitative analysis: the statistical analysis and the qualitative interpretation (…) through consideration of actual texts” (p. 72).

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De nationalité allemande et française, je suis docteure en sciences du langage et en études germaniques. Maîtresse de conférences HDR à Sorbonne Université - Inspé de Paris, je suis responsable du département d'allemand de l'Inspé et membre de l'unité de recherche STIH (Sens Texte Informatique Histoire). Mes domaines de recherche : didactique des langues, linguistique de corpus, analyse de discours, linguistique outillée, production écrite, métalangage, traduction, audiodescription. Mon blogue professionnel : http://didaktik.hautetfort.com/

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