• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Danielle Barth
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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Corpus linguistics is an approach to understanding large amounts of data. Corpora are large collections of data in a computer readable format. These can be written or transcribed spoken or signed languages. Corpus linguistics has revolutionised linguistic research, but is also an extremely helpful tool for understanding patterns in text data from literature, history, cultural and regional studies. This course is hands-on and will lead students through building corpora, annotation, text-mining, quantitative analysis and visualisation techniques using text data from English, various languages of Asia, the Pacific and beyond.

This course will provide the theoretical foundation to understand how corpora can answer research questions, as well as guided practice with computational skills. By the end of this course, students will have achieved basic computational proficiency to perform corpus-based analyses on their own data for their own research. No prior programming experience is required, simply a willingness to learn.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Read and critically evaluate a range of literature about corpus linguistics;
  2. Understand basic skills of corpus linguistics and apply these identify patterns in textual data;
  3. Understand basic programming skills;
  4. Undertake application of corpus skills to an advanced research question; and
  5. Evaluate appropriateness of corpora to research questions in various fields

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignment 1 - comparing available corpora, apx. 1800 words (15) [LO 4,5]
  2. Assignment 2 - Analysing corpus data from the web, apx. 2500 words (15) [LO 2,3,4]
  3. Assignment 3 - Recording, Transcribing, Annotating and Analyzing original audiovideo data, apx. 3500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Wattle Activities including software/programming tutorials and weekly forum posts (20) [LO 1,3,5]
  5. Two Class Presentations (20) [LO 1]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of seminars and tutorials: 12 hours lecture, 12 hours lectorial, 12 hours small tutorials

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Understanding Corpus Linguistics, Barth & Schnell 2021, Routledge

Assumed Knowledge

Some linguistics or other comparable field using empirical data such as anthropology, Pacific studies, gender and media studies, history or language classes. Ability to read and evaluate academic literature with guidance. Ideally, a laptop computer that can be brought to class (please contact convenor if this is a concern).


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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3598 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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