2023-2024 / LGER0223-1

English synchronic linguistics a : English corpus linguistics


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in multilingual communication (120 ECTS) (Digital media education)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English (60 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in modern languages and literatures : general (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


An Van Linden

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course introduces the discipline of corpus linguistics, focusing on issues such as corpus design, corpus types (e.g. parallel corpora), as well as qualitative and quantitative analyses of corpus data. It also provides hands-on sessions, in which students learn how to conduct a corpus study themselves. Another important aspect involves reflection on the importance of corpus-based studies to the formation of linguistic theory, for which students will have to read scientific articles.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Introduction into the methods of corpus linguistics; qualitative and quantitative analysis of corpus data; reflection on the importance of corpus linguistics to language theory

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Good knowledge of English

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course involves interactive seminars in which students will discuss corpus data, read scientific articles, and eventually carry out a corpus study themselves.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face seminars

Recommended or required readings

All teaching materials will be made available on eCampus.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

- Remote

written exam

Written work / report

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Students will have to carry out a corpus study on a topic of their choice within English linguistics. They will have to report on their findings in both an oral presentation and a research paper based on the presentation, which also integrates feedback from teacher and peers. Expected length: 5,000-8,000 words, excluding references. More precisely, grades will be given as follows:

  • oral presentation: 5/20
  • written research report: 15/20
The oral presentation will take place during class hours; the written essay is due on the first day of the January exam period.

Work placement(s)

not applicable

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Teacher in charge of the course :
An Van linden Département de Langues et littératures modernes Place Cockerill, 3-5 B-4000 Liège Tel. 04 366 53 60 E-mail: an.vanlinden@uliege.be

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