Is the internet a suitable linguistic corpus? How can we use it in corpus techniques? What are the special properties that we need to be aware of? This book answers those questions.
The Web is an exponentially increasing source of language and corpus linguistics data. From gigantic static information resources to user-generated Web 2.0 content, the breadth and depth of information available is breathtaking - and bewildering. This book explores the theory and practice of the "web as corpus". It looks at the most common tools and methods used and features a plethora of examples based on the author's own teaching experience. This book also bridges the gap between studies in computational linguistics, which emphasize technical aspects, and studies in corpus linguistics, which focus on the implications for language theory and use.
Maristella Gatto is a Researcher and Lecturer in English Language and Translation at the Faculty of Modern Languages, University of Bari, Italy.
Introduction 1. Corpus, Concordance, collocation: Basic notions 2. From Body to Web: An Introduction to the Web as Corpus 3. Challenging Anarchy: Web Search from a Corpus Perspective 4. Beyond Ordinary Search Engines: Concordancing the Web 5. Building and Using Comparable Web Corpora: Tools and Methods 6: Sketches of Language and Culture from Large Web Corpora 7. From Download to Upload. The web as Corpus in the web 2.0 era Conclusion Bibliography Index