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, […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]

#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 […]