In this session we'll be looking at the techniques used to carry out corpus analysis. We'll re-examine Chomsky's argument that corpus linguistics will result in skewed data, and see the procedures used to ensure that a representative sample is obtained. We'll also be looking at the relationship between quantitative and qualitative research. Although the majority of this session is concerned with statisitical procedures which can be said to be quantitative, it is important not to ignore the importance of qualitative analyses.

It should be noted, that with the statistical part of this session two points should be made.

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Tony McEnery, Andrew Wilson, Paul Baker.