2015/07/12 Victoria Muehleisen

An introduction to on-line corpora for language teaching and language learning
by Victoria Muehleisen

After a brief introduction to corpora (including what they are, how they are made, what types of corpora are available on-line, and why the internet is not a corpus), there will be  a hands-on workshop, in which participants can practice using a few different corpora. We'll see how corpora can be used for the following:
  1. checking  intuitions  about word use and language patterns (since even native speakers are not always sure about how their language works);
  2. finding real-life examples to explain the use of particular grammatical patterns or vocabulary items;
  3. investigating types of language which are not often included in textbooks and dictionaries;
  4. looking for examples of language change over time; and
  5. developing data-driving language learning exercise for students.

Victoria Muehleisen
studied linguistics at Temple University (MA) and Northwestern University (PhD). She has been living in Tokyo and teaching at Waseda University since 1994. Currently she is an Associate Professor at the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda, where she teaches linguistics and applied linguistics classes. She uses corpora in her own semantics research and for finding examples for linguistics classes, and she also teachers her students to use corpora to study language on their own.

Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College

July 12th, 2015
2 to 4:30PM

Maebashi Kyoai Gakuen College
Building 3, 3rd Floor, Room 3101
1154-4 Koyaharamachi
Maebashi, Gunma 379-2121

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