Harnessing the Latest Corpus-based Approaches for Research

Workshop on Developing Corpora for Research

Date: 29 June 2017 (Thursday)
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Venue: G36, -1/F, Block B, 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 huge availability and range of spoken and written corpora allows for many exciting corpus-based research projects to be carried out with minimal preparatory work. However, a danger in corpus linguistics is to narrowly scope the design of a research project around an available corpus rather than formulating an interesting research question and then finding or creating a corpus that can be used to answer that question. In this workshop, I will first review some of the most commonly used corpora and show how researchers have been able to effectively use them in a variety of research projects. Next, I will discuss some corpus research projects that required the creation of completely new corpora. I will briefly explain how these corpora were created, and then discuss some of the challenges that the data-creation process introduced. In the main part of the workshop, I will offer a step-by-step guide to designing and completing a corpus-based research project, offering suggestions and advice on possible research topics, and explaining in detail how a well-designed corpus data can be collected quickly and easily using some of the latest corpus creation tools. I will complete the workshop by demonstrating some of the most popular corpus analysis techniques and explaining the common pitfalls that are associated with these methods.


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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