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MODL5007M Corpus Linguistics for Translators

15 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr Serge Sharoff

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- describe and exemplify recent developments in corpus linguistics
- describe basic types of corpora
- design their own specialised corpora
- understand principles of corpus querying
- know relevant statistical methods
- compare word uses in the source and target languages using parallel and comparable corpora
- use corpus data to build glossaries and task-specific dictionaries
- critically evaluate bilingual dictionaries and vocabulary teaching materials.


Corpus linguistics is aimed at the empirical study of how language is used. The basis for the study is provided by corpora, ie large databanks of texts in natural language.

This module explores basic methods in corpus linguistics and aims to equip you with the ability to develop and use monolingual and multilingual corpora in learning foreign languages and doing translations.

To do this, you need a compbination of conceptual knowledge and practical experience providing answers to the following questions:

- What are differences betwen intuition-based and empirial approaches to linguistics?
- What is a corpus and which corpora are available?
- How can we classify texts stored in a corpus and evaluate its representativeness?
- Can you use the Internet as a corpus?
- How to develop your own corpus?
- What are the mechanisms for querying a corpus?
- What are the statistical methods for studying word uses in a corpus?
- How can you use parallel and comparable corpora to find translation equivalents?
- What information can be found in bilingual dictionaries and in corpora?
- How can you build your own glossaries and usage-based dictionaries?

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative assessment is monitored by weekly assignments with feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Case StudyCase study of 2,000 words70.00
PracticalXML bilingual dictionary for few lexical items30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:42:36


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