GERM1354 - English: Corpus-assisted discourse studies
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.
Wednesday from 13:30 to 15:30 at 119 Marais 2300
Language of instruction :
Learning outcomes :
By the end of the course, the student will be able to :
- situate corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) within the wider domain of computer-assisted text analysis and vis-à-vis other methods and disciplines such as text mining, sentiment analysis, critical discourse analysis (CDA), culturomics, and corpus linguistics ;
- identify the main strengths and weaknesses of the aforementioned methods and disciplines ;
- read, describe and critically review research articles pertaining to the fields of discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis and corpus-assisted discourse analysis ;
- master some basic principles of quantitative reasoning and evidence-based research ;
- report quantitative data according to the generally-accepted standards ;
- use ready-made corpora and build their own DIY corpora ;
- undertake concordance analyses, collocation/collocation network analyses, dispersion/distribution analyses and keyword analyses;
- extract keywords/N-grams/key N-grams for the purpose of plagiarism detection and idiolect identification ;
- develop their own research question and make an informed choice of tools, methods and theoretical concepts to serve their study ;
- report and discuss (in writing and orally) their research question, methods, and results ;
- identify the main limitations of their research project
For the Bachelor in Modern Languages and Letters: German, Dutch and English :
Course contents :
The course will be split between theoretical sessions, hands-on sessions, and flipped classroom activities.
The course will be divided into 8 main chapters :
Chapter 1 : setting the scene (situating CADS within the wider domain of computer-assisted text analysis)
Chapter 2 : collocations
Chapter 3 : frequency and dispersion
Chapter 4 : concordances
Chapter 5 : N-Grams and plagiarism detection
Chapter 6 : keywords
Chapter 7 : Key N-Grams
Chapter 8 : Wrapping things up
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Lectures, hands-on sessions, flipped classrooms, case-studies and group activities, discussions, interactive quizzes.
Assessment methods and criteria :
The various activities and exercises organised during the class sessions should make it possible to evaluate the students' progress.
The course will be evaluated on the basis of the following activities :
Class-session activities: 30% (The students will be informed as to which activities count towards the 30%)
Research project and presentation (Individual term paper): 70%
Recommended or required reading :
Slides, exercises, scientific articles available on course website.
Angier, N. 2007. The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science. New York: First Mariner.
Baker, P. 2006. Using Corpora in Discourse Analysis. London: Continuum.
Brezina, V. 2018. Statistics in Corpus Linguistics: A practical Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
McEnery, T. Xiao, R. and Yukio, T. 2006. Corpus-based Language Studies: An Advanced Resource Book. New York: Routledge.
Vincent, A. 2020. The Religious Rhetoric of U.S. Presidential Candidates: A Corpus Linguistics Approach to the Rhetorical God Gap. New York: Routledge.