What can a corpus tell us about registers and genres?

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Findings from corpus creativity studies have further validated earlier suggestions: that is, many of the criteria set out exclusively for literary language are found to be applicable to ordinary language as well. However, the speed and the level of sophistication with which corpus annotation is evolving today mean that more layers of social and cultural information are being added, which will arguably bridge the gaps in corpus linguistic creativity studies in the near future. A review of prominent developments in corpus-based and corpus-driven creativity studies will be discussed in this chapter, illustrating the kinds of information corpora have been able to provide the reader with about creativity. Data used in creativity studies in speech and writing can range from small, self-collected and self-annotated, specialized corpora to large commercial general reference corpora, depending on the purposes and scale of each study rather than on the mode of discourse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781135153632
ISBN (Print)9780203856949
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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