Harnessing the Latest Corpus-based Approaches for Research

Seminar on Leveraging the Potential of Corpora

Date: 30 June 2017 (Friday)
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Venue: Tai Ning Hall, 12/F, Block A, The Open University of Hong Kong
30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]

Speaker: Professor Laurence Anthony
Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Waseda University,

Laurence Anthony is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Japan. He has a BSc degree (Mathematical Physics) from the University of Manchester, UK, and MA (TESL/TEFL) and PhD (Applied Linguistics) degrees from the University of Birmingham, UK. He is a former Director and the current coordinator of graduate school English in the Center for English Language Education in Science and Engineering (CELESE). His main research interests are in corpus linguistics, educational technology, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program design and teaching methodologies. He serves on the editorial boards of various international journals and is a frequent member of the scientific committees of international conferences. He received the National Prize of the Japan Association for English Corpus Studies (JAECS) in 2012 for his work in corpus software tools design. He is the developer of various corpus tools including AntConc, AntWordProfiler, AntMover, FireAnt, ProtAnt, and TagAnt.


The tools and methods of corpus linguistics are playing an increasingly important role in research on morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and language variation. The landscape of language learning and teaching has also been dramatically changed through the use of corpora in the preparation of materials outside the classroom and the introduction of corpora inside the classroom as part of a data-driven learning approach. In this seminar, I will first briefly review the history of corpus linguistics, explaining how the changing nature of corpus tools and data has allowed increasingly sophisticated research methods to be used. Next, I will illustrate various applications of corpus data in applied linguistics research taking examples from vocabulary analysis, second language learning, literature studies, conversational analysis, and popular culture investigations. These examples will highlight not only the broad range of possibilities that corpus methods offer, but also the ways in which corpus tools can greatly simplify and reduce the time needed to carry out such studies. At the end of the seminar, I will introduce some of the latest technological advances in corpus linguistics, including eye-tracking, data mining, and network analysis, that offer researchers novel perspectives on the ways in which individuals engage with and use language at level of the word and paragraph, and also how whole groups of individuals use language in massive social media networks and other 'big data' settings.


Enquiries: Ms Trace Chui (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 5796
Email: tchui@ouhk.edu.hk
Co-organized by: The Open University of Hong Kong
Caritas Institute of Higher Education

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IIDS16/H01/16).

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