French through Corpora: Ecological and Data-Driven Perspectives in French Language Studies
This book offers a series of studies that come together in their concern for furthering an understanding of the French language, of its uses, its forms, its variation, and its acquisition. Other than contributing to a general understanding of French, this book also addresses the use of corpora for the study of language and the links between tools, methods, analyses and applications. What data are used, and how? What are the underlying theoretical and/or methodological considerations? How have these changed our way of formulating linguistic descriptions? What are the implications for descriptive accounts of French today? What are the applications of corpus studies?
These questions (and many more) are addressed here in a series of scholarly contributions grouped into four broad areas: diachrony, syntax, sociolinguistics, and the learning and teaching of French. The book provides an up-to-date and challenging account of French for researchers in French linguistics. It will also be suitable for use on post-graduate and some undergraduate courses, providing useful information not only for students and teachers of French, but also for language and linguistics students in general. Many of the issues addressed are not specific to the French language and can be accounted for within a more general area of reflection within linguistics on changing relations between data, theory and methods.
Henry Tyne lectures in Applied Linguistics at the University of Perpignan and is a member of the VECT research unit. Virginie André (Sociolinguistics and Interactional Linguistics), Christophe Benzitoun (Syntax and Corpus Linguistics) and Alex Boulton (Applied Linguistics) all lecture at the University of Lorraine, where they are members of the ATILF-CNRS research unit. Yan Greub (Diachrony) is a full-time researcher at the ATILF. The editors are active in their respective research fields, with a range of publications, and are on executive committees and boards of various international associations and journals.
“This edited volume presenting the state of the field of corpus studies in French will be of use to francophones and non-francophones alike. The works are united, of course, by their use of corpora. However, the division of the book into parts by area of linguistic enquiry highlights the different sets of concerns around corpus methods in each field. It also shows the diversity of the uses of such methods, all the while evoking the challenges imposed by a relative lack of developed corpora in French.”
University of California, Berkeley
French Studies (70: 1)
"Despite the fact that French, a so-called latecomer to corpus studies (and arguably still without a large-scale national corpus), is the centerpiece of this English-language state-of-the art volume, its potential readership extends to anyone with a stake in the status of linguistics. In this highly polished edited work, researchers primarily from France and England engage in frank discussions about the role and constraints of (ecological) corpus use in four sectors of linguistics... [T]his highly readable yet substantive volume illustrates on a microlevel the collaboration crucial for seeing the forest for the ecological trees."
Dr Lindsy Myers Associate Teaching Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City The French Review, 89: 2 (2015)
Carine Skupien Dekens
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