Corpora for Materials Design

Ericson Villas Friginal, Jennifer Roberts

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Corpus linguistics (CL) is primarily a methodological research approach to the study of language, and specifically, discourse structure, patterns, and use (Biber et al., 2010). Corpora serve as datasets of “systematically collected, naturally-occurring registers of texts” (Friginal & Hardy, 2014, p. 20), which are electronically stored, analyzed, and utilized for a variety of purposes by researchers and teachers, as well as learners themselves. The use of corpora has become a popular approach in the quantitative analysis of the linguistic characteristics of written and spoken language, in general, and academic and disciplinary discourse in particular. This utilization results in the development of more authentic teaching materials; accurate, frequency-based dictionaries; and textbooks that represent actual language-in-use (Friginal, 2018; Friginal & Hardy, 2014; Römer, 2011). Direct applications of corpora and corpus tools in the classroom support various language teaching and language acquisition theories and constructs especially related to learner autonomy, use of realia and authentic texts, motivation through learner-computer and learner-learner interactions, and explicit teaching of language features and patterns (Friginal et al., 2020a).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Corpora and English Language Teaching and Learning
EditorsR. Jablonkai, E. Csomay
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)9780367433956
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


  • Materials design
  • corpora
  • corpus tools
  • aviation English


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