The main focus of this book is the investigation of linguistic
variation in Spanish, considering spoken and written, specialised
and non-specialised registers from a corpus linguistics approach
and employing computational updated tools. The ten chapters
represent a range of research on Spanish using a number of
different corpora drawn from, amongst others, research articles,
student writing, formal conversation and technical reports. A
variety of methodologies are brought to bear upon these corpora
including multi-dimensional and multi-register analysis, latent
semantics and lexical bundles. This in-depth analysis of using
Spanish corpora will be of interest to researchers in corpus
linguistics or Spanish language. "Corpus and Discourse" series
editors are: Wolfgang Teubert, University of Birmingham, and
Michaela Mahlberg, Liverpool Hope University College. Editorial
Board include: Frantisek Cermak (Prague), Susan Conrad (Portland),
Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster), Elena Tognini-Bonelli (Lecce and TWC),
Ruth Wodak (Lancaster and Vienna), Feng Zhiwei (Beijing). Corpus
linguistics provides the methodology to extract meaning from texts.
Taking as its starting point the fact that language is not a mirror
of reality but lets us share what we know, believe and think about
reality, it focuses on language as a social phenomenon, and makes
visible the attitudes and beliefs expressed by the members of a
discourse community. Consisting of both spoken and written
language, discourse always has historical, social, functional, and
regional dimensions. Discourse can be monolingual or multilingual,
interconnected by translations. Discourse is where language and
social studies meet. "The Corpus and Discourse" series consists of
two strands. The first, "Research in Corpus and Discourse",
features innovative contributions to various aspects of corpus
linguistics and a wide range of applications, from language
technology via the teaching of a second language to a history of
mentalities. The second strand, "Studies in Corpus and Discourse",
is comprised of key texts bridging the gap between social studies
and linguistics. Although equally academically rigorous, this
strand will be aimed at a wider audience of academics and
postgraduate students working in both disciplines.
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