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Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English

Hans Lindquist, Magnus Levin

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A lively hands-on introduction to the use of electronic corpora in the description and analysis of English

The second edition of this successful text provides an ideal introduction for university students of English at the intermediate level. Students planning papers, dissertations or theses will find the book a particularly valuable guide.

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Prelims: List of figures; List of tables; To readers; List of abbrevations

1: Corpus linguistics

2: Counting, calculating and annotating

3: Looking for lexis

4: Checking colligations and collocations

5: Finding phrases

6: Metaphor and metonymy

7: Grammar

8: Male and female

9: Language change

10: Corpus linguistics in cyberspace

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About the Author

Hans Lindquist is professor of English Linguistics at Malmö University, Sweden. He has taught English in Switzerland, the United States, Japan, New Zealand and the Gambia and co-edited volumes on translation theory, the major varieties of English, and corpora and grammaticalization.

Magnus Levin is Associate Professor of Languages at Linneaus University. His research interests include change and variation in English grammar and phraseology, pragmatics and translation studies.


Corpus Linguistics and the Description of English is a most welcome addition to the existing range of textbooks in the field. It is a sensible practical introduction to an increasingly complex corpus-linguistic working environment and strikes the right balance between discussion of technical issues and the description of English.

- Professor Christian Mair, Universität Freiburg

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