In the Department of Languages and Linguistics at the University of Essex, natural data and corpus linguistic approaches are a part of our research, our teaching, our professional development of postgradute research students (MA & PhD), and are explored within our seminar series. We use language corpora to explore second language acquisition & development, English and Arabic dialectology & grammar, language & aging, and as a pedagogical resource for the EFL classroom. We develop corpora internally and draw on outside corpora for all of these activities. Our Corpus Collective reflects these varied research interests and supports corpus-related activities and training within the department.
New/Recent Corpus-focused publications
Tracy-Ventura, N., & Myles, F. (2015). The importance of task variability in the design of learner corpora for SLA research. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, 1(1), 58-95.
Myles, F. (in press). Second Language Acquisition Teeory and Learner Corpus Research. In S. Granger, G. Gilquin & F. Meunier (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research (pp. 309-331). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.