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By Svenja Adolphs

"Corpus and Context" explores the connection among corpus linguistics and pragmatics by way of discussing attainable frameworks for analysing utterance functionality at the foundation of spoken corpora. The ebook articulates the demanding situations and possibilities linked to a transformation of concentration in corpus learn, from lexical to practical devices, from concordance traces to prolonged stretches of discourse, and from the only textual to multi-modal research of spoken corpus information. Drawing on a couple of spoken corpora together with the 5 million notice Cambridge and Nottingham Corpus of Discourse in English (CANCODE, funded via CUP (c)), a selected speech act functionality is being explored utilizing assorted methods and diverse degrees of research. This comprises a detailed research of contextual variables relating to lexico-grammatical and discoursal styles that emerge from the corpus information, in addition to a much wider dialogue of the function of context in spoken corpus examine.

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Why not? Why not? Why not? why not sort of make it a Why not just make gradual why not sing his salmon w Why not? Why not? Why not? why not. 18 (967-1012) Corpus and Context intimate Why not? intimate Why not? ” intimate Why not? ” intimate Why not? professional all that is why not use erm . socio-cultural And why not. >. socio-cultural police is well why not put some sort of professional to you Well why not just put the loan The contextual classification scheme used for the CANCODE corpus is based on the degree of distance between speakers.

Support for this position comes from a study carried out by Keller (1979). In his work on gambits, or semi-fixed expressions used by speakers to structure the content of a message, he finds that ‘a comparison of a large number of gambits from the same category also revealed that at least for some gambits, some of the lexemes making up the expression may be more substitutable than others’, and that ‘the construction by itself contains some social and semantic information only to be completed and refined by the specific content words to ‘fill the slot’(1979: 231).

This was to ensure representativeness and to create a base for comparison between the different categories. However, it soon emerged that certain situations occur less often than others. Unidirectional discourse in intimate encounters, for example, is very rare, and the low word count in this category is thus not a reflection of the representativeness of the data in the corpus, but more indicative of the occurrence of this type of interaction in general. Furthermore, with a focus on ‘casual conversation’, a low proportion of ‘information provision’ discourse, and a high word count in the socio-cultural context-type, seemed to provide a better representation of the kind of every-day interaction that the corpus set out to cover.

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