Certificate of Achievement

Riaz Hussain

has completed the following course:

Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

Lancaster University

This course offered a practical introduction to corpus linguistics, covering skills necessary for collecting and analysing large digital collections of text. The use of corpora was demonstrated in a variety of areas including discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, and language learning and teaching.

8 weeks, 3 hours per week

Tony McEnery

Distinguished Professor of English Language and Linguistics

Lancaster University

overall score


Learning outcomes

  • Interpret corpus data using techniques such as concordancing, collocation and keywords.
  • Describe the main methodological underpinnings behind corpus linguistics.
  • Apply corpus linguistic techniques to the analysis of different types of data.
  • Collect own corpora.
  • Design research studies using corpus methods.
  • Explain corpus methods as well as a range of applications of this versatile methodology.
  • Perform corpus analysis using a range of corpus tools such as #LancsBox, CQPweb, USAS and BNClab.


  • Introduction to corpus linguistics and basic techniques: concordancing
  • Further corpus techniques: collocation and keywords
  • Corpus-based discourse analysis
  • Building a corpus: tagging and processing data
  • Sociolinguistics: analysing BNC1994 and BNC2014
  • Textbook and dictionary construction
  • Language learning and corpus linguistics
  • Swearing extravaganza: looking at language and society

Issued on 28th November 2021

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Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

Lancaster University