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an interesting post by Nathan Hall ‏@nathanghall on ways to improve the user interface of corpus tools, though i think effort is better placed in other aspects which i comment on in the post

another aspect is the restricted nature of most corpora and how opening up these to public availability would help to improve matters. i.e. there would be more chance of  a bigger group of people other than current population of academic affiliated ones able to work on improving interfaces amongst other things
Image courtesy of With Associates It isn't a secret that I am not enamoured with the use of corpora in the language classroom. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea and I do use them from time to tim...
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nice tip to remove the 12 most common verbs in speech from a text by +Olya Sergeeva ; mentions book Corpus Linguistics for ELT: Research and Practice by Ivor Timmis

Related: Interview with Ivor Timmis [https://plus.google.com/+MuraNava/posts/QtLDDDLLXbQ]
I'm enjoying a Saturday lie-in with Corpus Linguistics for ELT: Research and Practice by Ivor Timmis, a great new book which arrived in my mail just yesterday. It made me think of a quick exercise ...
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Thanks sharing, Shaan :)
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Mura Nava
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useful #COCA #search terms for some grammatical features, taken from Schenck, A. D., & Choi, W. (2012). Taking the guesswork out of curriculum design: Learning to engineer explicit grammar curricula through the analysis of multiple influences on the acquisition process. Open Journal of Modern Linguistics, 2(03), 114. [http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=22786]
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A review (pdf) of Round 1 of #corpusmooc   by KBarrs ‏@corpusloanword
h/t Tony McEnery ‏@TonyMcEnery
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I was lucky to receive a copy of Corpus Linguistics for Grammar [https://eflnotes.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/corpus-linguistics-for-grammar-christian-jones-daniel-waller-interview/] today and thought it might be interesting to jot down things here as I read it. A live review or  liview if you will :).

The first sentence in Part 1 of the book points out that elementary, my dear Watson was never written in any of the Sherlock Holmes books.

I downloaded the texts that the authors mention they used to form their Sherlock Holmes corpus as well as a more complete canon version.

Using AntConc we find that of the 8 instances of elementary in the canon the closest are 2 uses of elementary, said he.

Of my dear Watson the closest could be said to be 3 instances of exactly, my dear Watson.

Here are the files the book used - [https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FW2BYaBgeiflRhZ2xCMDZXaDEtX20taXMyVHJ3b1A0T3hzakdqcUsyNVVnRDhjMlpOSTA]
and here are the more complete files - [https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FW2BYaBgeiLXhUcTlPMDg5S3M]

Both taken from https://sherlock-holm.es/ascii/ with just the end notices removed.

One could go on to investigate how film/tv representations of Holmes differs to the written versions. Since getting hold of subtitles is fairly easy nowadays.

I may post more stuff or may not about the book. So stay tuned or don't :)

Related - Sherlock Holmes Graded readers [https://plus.google.com/+MuraNava/posts/81SYnQNiPzE]
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Mura Nava
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Post on using mostly general corpora tools to look for collocations

by Nathan Hall ‏@nathanghall
At the last BCTEAL Conference in May, a colleague of mine gave an interesting talk on collocations and made mention of the use of some websites to help students understand what words normally go to...
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Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities
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Hi everyone. Recently I met some school teachers who are eager to try corpus-based learning in their classrooms. I know Skylight would be very helpful. If there is any other recommendation on how else can a school teacher with limited computers in the school use CL teaching and learning method for ESL I'd be grateful. Thanks!
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Thanks Mura. Yes, I'll be sure to direct them to this wonderful page :)
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Mura Nava
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detailed report on using MICUSP interface, very neat

h/t FB CL group
A Journal of Language, Learning, and Academic Writing
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Neat indeed. I like reading Ute Römer's paper. 
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A place to share, discuss, question etc anything and everything related to corpus linguistics and language teaching and language learning. If as a language teacher you are wondering what's the point have a look at the first link below. And if you are looking for more technical discussions I would direct you to the Facebook corpus linguistics group. The LinkedIn group is worth checking too as well as signing up to Corpora List and/or reading its archives. Image is of Adam Kilgarriff a major contemporary figure in corpus linguistics who passed away recently. Read more about him in link below.

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A linguistic philosopher called Jerry Fodor conceived a fascinating idea - that we are all born with the ability to speak a language. The language is inside our brains from our first moment. It's not the English language, or any other natural language. It's the language of thought. Other philosophers disagree. Just as not everyone agrees with Chomsky's Universal Grammar. But it's a fascinating idea. What do you think? Is Fodor guilty of an 'infinite regress' with his argument?
           
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Mura Nava
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Downloadable corpora from 67 languages, covering blogs, newspapers and twitter .

h/t Yuichiro Kobayashi ‏@langstat
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Mura Nava
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How many of these  summer collocates can you guess? http://corpus-quiz.englishup.me/

Happy holidays folks :)
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Yes I imagine so :) 
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Mura Nava
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Apparently there is a section in COCA-BYU Fiction called Juvenile. This can be handy to find language items that would suit low level students as we can assume that the language for such fiction would be simpler.

There is a list of the children's books in the following excel sheet:[http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/files/juvenile-fiction.xlsx].

h/t corporalist

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Graded readers for simpler language examples [https://plus.google.com/+MuraNava/posts/XvojJEv3c7Z]

PATTIE (Preschoolers- and Teenagers-oriented Texts in English) corpus [http://124.193.83.252/cqp/pattie/], (test for username and password; this has Peppa Pig amongst others)
 
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Hi Peter, very glad you find it of use. :)
Been playing with the PATTIE corpus a bit, very neat.
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Here's a little exercise some might be interested in doing together.
People often post lists of vocabulary without any explicit reference to corpora, for example here is a recent list of business idioms - [http://onlinelanguagecenterblog.com/2015/07/12/34-idioms-for-business/] .

How many in this list can be found in say these two business corpora - the 1Million Business Letter Corpus - [http://www.someya-net.com/concordancer/] and the 2Million Business English Corpus - [http://124.193.83.252/cqp/] - use test for both username & password to access this corpus. Of course both are from the written genre so bear this in mind.

Across the board is a promising start with 3 instances in the Business Letter Corpus and 4 instances in the Business English Corpus.

Ahead of the curve produces no instances in either corpus

to be continued... by you? :)
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Mura Nava
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I think I have linked to BFSU (Beijing Foreign Studies University) CQPweb before in relation to their TED corpus, worth keeping an eye on this for example they have a business corpus and a corpus of children's books.

u/n - test
p/w - test

h/t corporalist
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Mura Nava
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If you have a spare 1TB disk space and high speed connection why not download the Reddit Comments Corpus

h/t all the excited peeps on Twitter ; )
(Here is the original Reddit comment announcing this collection of data and what the processes were.) This is an archive of Reddit comments from October of...
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Mura Nava
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GraphColl is an interesting new #corpus interface #tool . It can visualise the collocations of a corpus in graph form. It also produces KWIC concordance lines and has a number of statistical filters for the graphs.

Get program from this page - http://www.extremetomato.com/projects/graphcoll/

and user pdf from http://corpora.lancs.ac.uk/stats/docs/graphcoll_manual.pdf

note for OSX users: expand the window in the new graph tab to see the search box
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Has anyone tried this site? I tried to find information on the founder but failed. Could be a great help when writing!
Power Thesaurus is a fast, comprehensive and easy-to-follow online thesaurus for writers, journalists, students and teachers.
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no not used it but looks very handy, thx
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I was cleaning up my bookmarks bar when I came across this site. If you're studying metaphor, this is a great reference site. Also, if you follow the link to metaphorlab.org, you could download the thesis related to the project as well. 
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this is a neat if complex corpus! thanks
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Theresa Gorman

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Thank you for all of the resources here! I'm just starting out learning about how to use corpora. Have you heard about this new book: Discovering English with Sketch Engine by James Thomas? It looks interesting: http://versatile.pub/tiki-index.php?page=DESKE
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a pleasure Sharon, hope u r managing to keep cool in the heat
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