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date: 21 October 2019

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The present chapter introduces the new perspectives on language variation and use that have resulted from investigations of language corpora. Two major analytical approaches are discussed: corpus-based and corpus-driven. The chapter first introduces the corpus-based approach, illustrating how it has been used to document systematic patterns of language use which often show that intuitions about use are wrong. The chapter then illustrates the corpus-driven approach, showing how corpus research of this type can uncover linguistic units that are not detectable using the standard methods of linguistic analysis.

Keywords: corpus-based analysis, corpus-driven analysis, language variation, language use, lexical bundle, pattern grammar, register variation

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