Towards a new generation of corpus-derived lexical resources for language learning

David Wible, Nai Lung Tsao

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This chapter first argues that, despite their convenience compared to paper-based resources, corpora are, by their very nature as collections of texts and tokens, severely limited in what they can offer directly to language learners or teachers. The focus here is on understanding these limitations with respect to lexical knowledge, and it is suggested that overcoming them requires a different sort of digital resource that mediates between corpora on the one hand and teachers or learners on the other. The challenge is complicated by the fact that such a lexical knowledge resource should capture patterns of word behaviors that fall along a continuum between grammatically well-behaved and lexically idiosyncratic. A knowledgebase called StringNet, designed to capture this range of word behaviors, is described and motivated in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Taste for Corpora. In honour of Sylviane Granger
EditorsFanny Meunier, Sylvie De Cock, Gaetanelle Gilquin, Magali Paquot
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789027287083
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameStudies in Corpus Linguistics
ISSN (Print)1388-0373


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