Methods of corpus linguistics

lclig2250  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Methods of corpus linguistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
Avanzi Mathieu (compensates Simon Anne-Catherine); Fairon Cédrick; Simon Anne-Catherine;
LFLTR1530 "Introduction aux sciences du langage"  or another course of introduction to linguistics.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 At the end of the course, the student will be able to :
  • build a corpus of language data (oral or written) for a particular purpose of linguistic research ;
  • handle several computer softwares specialized in corpus analysis ; - make a quantitative study on a corpus ;
  • make a qualitative study on a corpus.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
(1) To be able to lead, completely and autonomously, a linguistic study on corpora;
(2)To acquire a general knowledge on linguistic corpora (in French, but not only), tools and method.
(1) To design a corpus with the aim of a specific research question;
(2) To collect oral and written data + metadata;
(3) To "edit" the data (transcription, cleaning, formatting, encoding, etc.);
(4) To tag the data (at the several levels of linguistic analysis) with the help of proper software;
(5) To formulate research questions / hypothesis;
(6) To choose a methodology of analysis;
(7)To exploit / analyse a corpus according to a chosen methology (qualitative or quantitative);
(8) To present the results of a research.
Teaching methods
30 hours of lectures + 10 hours of practical works (dedicated to the realisation of a personal research based on the methodology explained in the lectures).
Evaluation methods
During the academic year : Compulsory participation to the practical work, which conditions access to the exam
Examen : Individual work to present during the lasted classes (+ written report on the work); Oral exam (on the content of the course and the methodology of the work).
Other information
Supports and references : Course PPT on iCampus; Instructions about the practical work on iCampus (software, methods, etc.); Articles to read.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Linguistics

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Modern Languages and Literatures : German, Dutch and English

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language