https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/issue/feed Research in Corpus Linguistics 2019-11-15T21:26:38+00:00 Research in Corpus Linguistics ojs@aelinco.es Open Journal Systems <p><em><strong>Research in Corpus Linguistics</strong></em> (<em>RiCL</em>, ISSN 2243-4712) is a scholarly peer-reviewed international scientific journal aiming at the publication of contributions which contain empirical analyses of data from different languages and from different theoretical perspectives and frameworks, with the goal of improving our knowledge about the linguistic theoretical background of a language, a language family or any type of cross-linguistic phenomena/constructions/assumptions. <em>RiCL</em> invites original, previously unpublished research articles, reports on corpus development, and book reviews in the field of Corpus Linguistics. The journal also considers the publication of special issues on specific topics, whose edition can be offered to leading scholars in the field.</p> https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/108 Foreword from the Editors 2019-11-15T16:19:25+00:00 Paula Rodríguez Puente rodriguezppaula@uniovi.es Carlos Prado-Alonso pradocarlos@uniovi.es <p>Foreword from the Editors</p> 2019-11-15T16:08:17+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/84 How to build a corpus for a tool-based approach to determinologisation in the field of particle physics 2019-11-15T16:19:25+00:00 Julie Humbert-Droz julie.humbert-droz@unige.ch Aurélie Picton aurelie.picton@unige.ch Anne Condamines anne.condamines@univ-tlse2.fr <p>This paper discusses corpus design and building issues when dealing with a complex, multidimensional linguistic phenomenon such as determinologisation. Representing this phenomenon in corpus data imposes an original reflection on both the dimensions involved in the determinologisation process and some of the essential concepts of corpus building. In particular, this paper focuses on the necessity of representing the progressive aspects of determinologisation in the corpus, i.e. through levels of specialisation and through time, and the practical issues this raises. At the same time, it will show that a representative corpus of determinologisation in a specific domain (in this case, particle physics) implies clear and objective criteria when it comes to picking individual texts. Four principles will be established to this end. The discussion will lead to the proposal of a solid text selection procedure, which ensures that the peculiarities of determinologisation in the domain of particle physics are reflected in the corpus.</p> 2019-11-10T09:36:52+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/98 Vocabulary learning through data-driven learning in the context of Spanish as a foreign language 2019-11-15T16:19:26+00:00 Gang Yao gang.yao@um.es <p>An increasing number of studies have shown the potential associations between corpus work and second language acquisition and teaching. Some research, for example, has tried to explore and demonstrate the effect of Data-driven Learning (DDL, Johns 1991) in the context of foreign language learning. Up till now, however, empirical studies in this respect, especially quantitative studies have been limited, especially with respect to foreign languages other than English. Therefore, the objective of the present study is twofold: first, to argue whether there is a statistically significant difference between the DDL approach to vocabulary learning and more traditional methods (e.g., dictionary approach) in the context of Spanish as a foreign language (SFL); second, to gauge students’ attitude towards DDL activities. With this end in view, a quasi-experimental longitudinal design was used to compare two groups of Chinese students of Spanish (experimental group, <em>N</em> = 16; control group, <em>N</em> = 16). The result of the immediate post-test indicated that DDL was more effective than the traditional method in learning Spanish vocabulary (<em>t</em>(30) = 6.191, <em>p</em> &lt; .001, <em>d</em> = 2.19). In the delayed post-test, the result also revealed that the DDL group outperformed the other group (<em>t</em>(30) = 2.600, <em>p</em> = .014, <em>d</em> = 0.92). Furthermore, a questionnaire assessment collected from the experimental group corroborated the positive results of the said tests, showing that the respondents generally favored DDL and adopted a positive attitude towards its future application to Spanish learning. This study provides a sound base for DDL in the area of second language acquisition and teaching, notably in the area of SFL; at the same time, it raises some caveats and suggests future work in this research line.</p> 2019-11-11T12:37:49+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/93 "A matter both of curioſity and uſefulneſs": Compiling the Corpus of English Texts on Language 2019-11-15T16:19:26+00:00 Leida Maria Monaco lmonaco@uniovi.es Luis Puente-Castelo luis.pcastelo@udc.es <p>This paper describes the compilation of CETeL, the subcorpus on Language and Linguistics in the <em>Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing</em>, and discusses the various challenges encountered during the process of selection and digitisation of material. CETeL includes forty-four samples of texts on Language, languages, and Linguistics from the period 1700-1900, and on completion will contain <em>c</em>.400,000 words.</p> <p>The paper will examine the historical context of academic writing on Language in the period and the way in which this context affects the process of compilation. Likewise, the compilation criteria used for the whole of the <em>Coruña Corpus</em> will be discussed in order to show the extent to which these criteria have themselves affected the compilation of CETeL, and how they contribute towards making the corpus representative of the disciplinary practices of the period.</p> <p>Finally, the corpus will also be described according to a series of parameters used to assure representativeness and balance, namely the date of publication of samples, their genre, and the sex and geographical origin of their authors.</p> 2019-11-11T12:23:34+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/90 Koder - A multi-register corpus for investigating register variation in contemporary German 2019-11-15T16:19:26+00:00 Andressa Costa acosta.andressa@gmail.com <p>This paper introduces the design decisions in building the Koder corpus, a multi-register-corpus of contemporary German. The purpose of this corpus is to serve as a basis for the investigation into the use of German across registers. In order to construct a representative corpus, the essential considerations are: the type and number of registers to include, the number of texts in each register and minimal text length. The paper describes which aspects were central in determining these issues as well the corpus composition and the necessary text processing.</p> 2019-11-07T10:33:59+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/89 The acquisition of Spanish L3 articles: What can be learned from a simple linear regression analysis? 2019-11-15T21:26:38+00:00 Martín Testa m.testa@uw.edu.pl <p class="p1">Despite being extremely frequent in the input, Spanish L3 articles pose one of the biggest challenges for Polish L1/English L2 students, even among the most advanced learners. However, little attention has been paid to the influence of task, especially since certain writing styles tend to make use of a higher number of NPs, thus increasing both the amount of article environments and the probability of error. A simple linear regression analysis was run for both groups separately (B1 and B2) and finally the whole intermediate level (n = 72). The results of the t tests suggest a significant linear relationship between the number of article-related errors and article tokens, between article-related errors and noun tokens, and between article and noun tokens. The article ends with some considerations on possible actions to be taken both for researching and teaching the Spanish article system to [−<span class="s1">ART</span>] L1 learners.</p> 2019-11-06T08:36:48+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/94 Designing the Radiotelephony Plain English Corpus (RTPEC): A specialized spoken English language corpus towards a description of aeronautical communications in non-routine situations 2019-11-15T16:19:27+00:00 Malila C. A. Prado malila.prado@gmail.com Patricia Tosqui-Lucks patricialucks@gmail.com <p>Pilots and air traffic controllers need to undergo a specific English test in order to be granted a license for international operations. A language proficiency scale was developed to serve as a parameter to all aviation regulatory agencies throughout the world by targeting at the language produced specifically by air traffic controllers and pilots in radio communications when abnormal situations occur (ICAO 2010). However, there is a lack of empirical investigation which could shed light upon this particular register helping the users of the scale with its understanding. In an attempt to fill this gap, this paper outlines a compilation of an aeronautical communication corpus which contains transcriptions of exchanges between pilots and air traffic controllers in abnormal situations for research and pedagogical purposes. By presenting steps taken during the process, we intend to provide fellow researchers with data which may suit other purposes and yield further analyses, as well as enlighten similar investigations in the ESP field.</p> 2019-11-06T07:54:05+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/91 Changes in argument structure in Early Modern English with special reference to verbs of DESIRE: A case study of lust 2019-11-15T16:19:27+00:00 Noelia Castro-Chao noelia.castro@usc.es <p>In Old and Middle English, several verbs of desire could be found in impersonal constructions, a type of morphosyntactic pattern which lacks a subject marked for the nominative case controlling verbal agreement. The impersonal construction began to decrease in frequency between 1400 and 1500 (van der Gaaf 1904; Allen 1995), a development which has been recently investigated from the perspective of the interaction between impersonal verbs and constructional meaning by Trousdale (2008), Möhlig-Falke (2012) and Miura (2015). This paper is concerned specifically with the impersonal verb<em> lust</em> (&lt; ME <em>lusten</em>) as a representative of Levin’s (1993) class of verbs of desire, some of which developed into prepositional verbs in Present-day English. The main aim here is to explore the changes undergone by <em>lust</em> during the two centuries after it ceases to appear in impersonal constructions, as well as to reflect upon some of the possible motivations for such changes. The data are retrieved from <em>Early English Books Online Corpus 1.0</em>, a 525-million-word corpus, and the examples are analysed manually paying attention to the range of complementation patterns documented in Early Modern English (1500–1700).</p> 2019-11-10T17:06:41+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics https://ricl.aelinco.es/index.php/ricl/article/view/99 Review of Cantos-Gómez, Pascual & Moisés Almela Sánchez eds. (2018) Lexical Collocation Analysis. Advances and Applications. Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-92581-3. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92582-0 2019-11-15T16:19:27+00:00 Pedro A. Fuertes Olivera pedro@emp.uva.es <p>Review of Cantos-Gómez, Pascual &amp; Moisés Almela Sánchez eds. (2018) <em>Lexical Collocation Analysis. Advances and Applications. </em>Heidelberg: Springer. ISBN: 978-3-319-92581-3. <a href="https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92582-0">https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-92582-0</a> <br><br></p> 2019-11-10T17:09:31+00:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Research in Corpus Linguistics