Completing #CORPUSMOOC

During interactions with JISC and ALT in particular, MOOC’s have been hot news for quite some time. MOOC is an acronym for ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ – freely available to all. They don’t have the best reputation for completion rates, which has opened up a number of discussions at JISC/ALT events as to whether completion, and particularly full completion, of a MOOC is the point of these things. In 2012, JISC ran a session ‘What Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC: Week 8: A Swearing Extravaganza

This week looking at ‘swearing’ as it is used within language .. so there’s a disclaimer, some of the comments: The use of ‘bad language’ seems to me to be very cultural specific. For example, young people seems to use it more often than old people. And I see variation of what’s considered as ‘bad language’ between registers and dialects. For example, the same person would never use bad language at work but he probably Continue Reading →

#CorpusMooc: Week 7 Notes

What languages did you learn and how? Only test I’ve ever got 100% on is a language aptitude test – apparently I’m good at identifying patterns and working it out from there … which probably have noticed “in real language interactions” French to GCSE level, text books, but to get through the exams = extra spoken lessons, where saying the correct thing was abandoned for getting ‘the right word’ German for a couple of years Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC Week 6 (Notes)

Before you watch the lecture, create two short dictionary definitions: One is for the word ‘threadbare’ the other is for the word ‘luckily’. Do not consult a dictionary or other reference resource – just use your own intuitions. If you do not think you know either word, just make a list of words that you think may be associated with each. Then watch the lecture.  Threadbare: A condition in which clothes are worn through, nearly Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC Week 5 (Notes)

When taking a statement from a witness or suspect, what kinds of factors about them, the crime, or the larger social context should we take into account? One example to get you started: the interviewee’s age – children and the very elderly should be treated especially carefully. Suspect many would say ideally classless, but their suspected role in the crime, the level of evidence, age, race, gender, religion, class, education level, the recency of the Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC Week 4 Notes

There are some things you can do whilst on the sofa with a fuzzy head and streaming nose right? A bit slower than usual, but still…  Warm-Up Activity … appears to involve using Antconc … wonder if reaching the limits of this course on a theory only basis… let’s see… Look at the files on your hard drive: How many documents do you have on there which have been written by you? What time period does Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC – Corpus Linguistics Week 3

Find an article in which the word ‘refugee’ is mentioned – make notes about how refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, etc are talked about. Chose: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/lebanon-stems-influx-refugees-minister-claims-countrys-internal-security-risk-1470743 Referred to in terms of numbers (large numbers) Range of words indicating a ‘problem’ to be solved, stemmed, halted, stop them infiltrating, as a danger, etc. Refugees = a destabilising influence Humanitarian refugees (criteria unknown) only allowed. ¼ people in Lebanon = refugees, highest number in the world = straining Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC : Week 2 Notes from @drbexl

The second week of the MOOC ‘Corpus Linguistics‘ via Lancaster University: Exercise: I want you to think of two words – ‘diamond’ and ‘cause’. Without consulting anybody else, or looking at any reference resources, write two short definitions for these words. Take no more than two minutes to complete this task. A diamond is a compressed mineral whose rarity ensures that it has high value. It has gained meaning in recent centuries as a valuable Continue Reading →