System and Corpus - Exploring Connections - Geoff Thompson †

System and Corpus - Exploring Connections - Geoff Thompson †

System and corpus: two traditions with a common ground

System and Corpus - Exploring Connections - Geoff Thompson †

Geoff Thompson † [+-]
University of Liverpool
Geoff Thompson was Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool, UK
Susan Hunston [+-]
University of Birmingham
Susan Hunston is Professor of English Language at the University of Birmingham, UK

Description

This book brings together two approaches to the description of language: Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and Corpus Linguistics (CL). SFL is essentially a theory of language; CL is essentially a method for investigating language. Yet this dichotomy between theory and practice is too simplistic. As shall be discussed below, SFL is increasingly concerned with methods of quantifying linguistic features, and CL is becoming more intent on developing theories to account for its findings. Many practitioners, whatever their backgrounds, have a sympathy for both approaches and see them as complementary rather than in opposition. On the other hand, there are differences which are worth exploring rather than glossing over. This book explores the synergy between the two approaches, celebrating complementarities and articulating points of disparity. It is our belief that this exploration will benefit both SFL and CL, and will constitute a contribution to all ‘usage based’ models of language (Barlow and Kemmer 2000).

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Thompson, Geoff ; Hunston, Susan. System and corpus: two traditions with a common ground. System and Corpus - Exploring Connections. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1 - 14 Mar 2006. ISBN 9781845532512. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19140. Date accessed: 14 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19140. Mar 2006

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