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Corpus Lexicography

Course
2015-2016

Admission requirements

Not applicable

Description

In this course, students are introduced to the field of lexicography with a focus on computational and corpus linguistic aspects in lexicography. Lexicography is concerned with the theory and practice of composing dictionaries.

The course discusses various computational tools lexicographers use whilst making a dictionary. In technologically advanced dictionary-making, lexicographers work with two main systems on their computer: the Corpus Query System for analysis and the Dictionary Writing System for synthesis. Both systems will be covered in this course.

This course also teaches students about theoretical and practical issues involved in compiling complex data sets for lexicographic purposes. Students will learn about corpus design and annotation, computational lexicons, semantic networks, etc. They will learn how to manipulate text using regular expressions and get a basic background in databases for lexicography.

We will illustrate the theory with practical activities such as compiling a corpus and preparing it for lexicographic use as well as using a dictionary writing system and a corpus query system.

Course objectives

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired knowledge on the following notions and subjects:

  • Computational lexicography

  • Dictionary Writing Sytems

  • Corpus linguistics

    • History of corpus linguistics
    • Corpus design Size, sampling, text type, genre, XML/TEI encoding, metadata
    • Corpus analysis and annotation POS-tagging, tokenisation, lemmatisation, parsing, frequency lists
    • Corpus Query Systems Concordance, collocations, word sketches
  • Computational lexicons

    • Knowledge representation
    • Inheritance
  • Perl/ Databases

    • Regular expressions
    • Simple Perl scripts
    • Database structure for lexicography
  • Semantic Networks

    • WordNet, FrameNet, semagram, ontology, taxonomy, hierarchy
    • Semantic relations
  • Dictionary use

    • Log files
    • Forum

Timetable

Timetable

Mode of instruction

Lectures and tutorials/practical sessions

Assessment method

Essay
Resit: students who fail the course may resit the final essay.

Blackboard

This course is supported by Blackboard. Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course. Please see:
Blackboard

Reading list

Text book:
Atkins and Rundell (2008) The Oxford Guide to Practical Lexicography. Oxford University Press. 540 pages. ISBN 978-0-19-927770-4 (Hardback). Price: £ 85.00 (Paperback £ 29.99).

The reading list will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

Registration

Prospective students, please check the Study Abroad/Exchange website for information on how to apply.

Aanmelden voor Contractonderwijs

Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.

Contact information

By E-mail: Coordinator of Studies