Corpus Linguistics

Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (online unit)

During 2014 and 2015 I compiled an online information/resource pack on corpus linguistics: a unit called Introduction to Corpus Linguistics. This was funded by a Blended Learning Innovation Fund Grant from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, and is freely available through Course Sites via this link. In order to access the content you need to log in via a service such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. If the site is difficult to navigate, this might be because your browser is not supported (for example, the default browser on the iPad). For supported browsers/operating systems, see Browser Support. You can also access the unit through the Blackboard Mobile™ Learn app. If you like the unit, please consider sharing the link among your networks (Facebook, Twitter, email lists).

The unit includes 11 modules on different topics, including corpus design and building, frequency and collocation analysis, concordancing, and keywords. Each module includes a link to a relevant open access reading and different activities, for example a video to watch or a practical exercise to do. The unit is not a MOOC but rather an online information/resource pack to work through (or browse) yourself – hence, there are no assignments or feedback.

Here are a few reasons why you might be interested in this unit:

  • You are a lecturer who teaches corpus linguistics and you are looking for audio-visual and other content to use in your teaching or ideas for activities to undertake with students in the classroom and beyond;
  • You are a student who is currently enrolled in a unit on corpus linguistics and you want to prepare/review key concepts;
  • You are a researcher who is fairly new to corpus linguistics and you want to review key concepts;
  • You are interested in undertaking a MOOC on corpus linguistics, but would like to know a bit more about this topic first;
  • You are not a linguist and are not sure what corpus linguistics is; perhaps you are interested in the wider field of Digital Humanities and want to find out more about how one can use computers to analyse discourse/text.


Below is a preview of the table of contents of two of the modules (module 1 and module 7).