6292 Corpus Linguistics
Univ.Prof. Almut Köster, M.A.,Ph.D.
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/25/16 to 03/03/16
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/08/16 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 04/05/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.0.330
Tuesday 04/26/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 05/03/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 05/24/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 05/31/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 06/07/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228
Tuesday 06/14/16 03:30 PM - 06:30 PM D2.2.228


This course will provide an overview of methodology used in Corpus Linguistics. The sessions will involve seminar participants in practical activities and tools for exploring and interrogating corpus data. Techniques, tools, and software packages commonly used in corpus analysis will be practically employed throughout the course. Students/participants who successfully complete this course will develop strategies and practices for the inspection, analysis and interpretation of corpus data, as well as for data selection, collection and storage.

Learning outcomes

After attending this course, students will:

  • understand the principles of Corpus Linguistics;
  • be able to use a range of corpus methods and tools, including frequency lists, keywords and concordances;
  • be familiar with a range of corpora and corpus types;
  • be able to select and collect data for corpus analysis;
  • be able to interpret corpus data and combine corpus analysis with other methods.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Seminar with practical exercises and class discussion


1) Analysis task: 20%

2) Individual project combining several corpus methods: 60%

3) Presentation of individual project: 20%

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

  • Excellent written and spoken command of English equivalent to C2 on the Common European Framework
  • Participants are expected to have very good knowledge of English grammar
  • A degree in English would be an advantage


        1 Author: Hunston, Susan
        Title: Corpora in Appled Linguistics

        Publisher: Cambridge University Press
        Year: 2002
        Content relevant for diploma examination: Yes
        Recommendation: Strongly recommended (but no absolute necessity for purchase)
        Type: Book
        Title: Further readings will be distributed in class

        Availability of lecturer(s)

        Please refer to the homepage of the Institute for English Business Communication:

        Unit details

        Unit Date Contents
        1 1


        • Corpus Linguistic methods
        • Survey of available corpora
        2 2

        Tools and software

        Frequency and Keywords
        3 3 Concordance:Meaning
        4 4 Concordance:Patterns
        5 5 Collocation
        6 6 Fixedcollocation (chunks): N-grams
        7 7 Dataselection and collection
        8 8 CorpusMethods and Discourse Analysis
        Last edited: 2016-02-25