Neighbours, highlighting and hiding

Consider this conversation: Tom: This is my neighbour, David. David: Hi. I’m his neighbour. Call me Dave. Harry: Harry. Nice to meet you, Dave. David is Tom’s neighbour from Tom’s perspective. So the focus of the conversation is with Tom. But in reality we tend to forget (or in Lakoff and Johnson’s term hide) the…More

Teaching function words: the cognitive and corpus perspectives

I will be giving a presentation on function words, what we can learn from corpora about them, how we understnad them in light of conceptual metaphor theory and what this all means for second language teaching. The venue and date: PanSIG @ Hiroshima University, 16 June 2012.More

Two new books on corpus linguistics

(Update: this paperback edition is new) I have just acquired two of the latest titles on corpus linguistics. Contemporary Corpus Linguistics is edited Paul Baker, a collection of seventeen essays on the latest (hence ‘contemporary’ in the title) techniques used utilizing corpus linguistics. Three chapters are of relevance to my research: the Alice Deignan chapter…More

How to make a frequency word list in AntConc

First open some files. To make a word list: load files; click on the ‘Word List’ tab, and; click ‘Start’. The list in ordered by most frequent first. Types with the same frequency are ordered alphabetically within. Total number of types and tokens are shown between the tabs and work window.More

Understanding translation through corpus

Do we really need to know grammar to understand language? What if we can have billions and billions of words of data to work with and put it through a computer? Well, that is pretty much what corpus linguistics is. Here is a nice article about how Google Translate works. It may not be full…More

Online Word Document cleaner to plain-text

Here is a nice quick simple Word “cleaner” script with source code by Jonathan Hedley. Straightforward and does what is necessary. But troublesome if one has hundreds or even thousands of documents to convert. I am still looking for a solution here.More

A simple guide to using Antconc

I have created a file about using Antconc, a concordancing program by Laurence Anthony at Waseda University. You can find it here. The latest version was created on 5 March 2011.More