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A 38 million Words Dutch Text Corpus and its Users

Author/Org:  J.G. Kruyt and M.W.F. Dutilh,
Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie INL, Leiden, Nederland
Abstract: "The use of text corpora has increased considerably in the past few years, not only in the field of lexicography but also in computational linguistics and language technology. Consequently, corpus data and expertise developed by lexicographical institutions have gained a broader scope of application."
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ABC of Teaching Languages in the Digital Age

Author/Org:  Prof. Dr. Ronald Soetaert (University of Ghent)
Abstract: "There is a growing consensus that the present state of language teaching and learning is changing fundamentally. These changes will be more than methodological shifts or replacements; the evolution will be more general and radical, and will be influenced by the digital revolution."
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Concordancing for Arabic

Author/Org:  Malek Boualem (New Mexico State University)
Abstract: "For languages like Arabic, we would like to search surface forms in a more sophisticated fashion. Here we present a concordancing system, called xconcord, based on multilingual concordancing software developed at the Computing Research Laboratory (CRL) that works with corpora indexed on the surface forms, and supports fairly sophisticated corpus search capability with various search techniques."
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Concordancing with Language Learners: Why? When? What? (offline)

Author/Org: Vance Stevens
Abstract: "Many other novel uses for concordancing in language learning will be cited further on. But first, I will mention where you can get concordancers, the mill, and their grist, i.e. lots of text"
Notes Vance Stevens, Courseware Publishing International, Published in CAELL Journal, vol 6, no. 2, Summer 1995, pp. 2-10; available in HTML

Data-Intensive Linguistics

Author/Org:  Chris Brew and Marc Moens, HCRC Language Technology Group, Edinburgh
Abstract: "This book has three main aims: familiarity with tools and techniques for handling text corpora, knowledge of the characteristics of some of the available corpora, and a secure grasp of the fundamentals of statistical natural language processing."
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Distributed Constructionism

Author/Org:  Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Laborator
Abstract: "This paper introduces the concept of distributed constructionism, building on previous research on constructionism and on distributed cognition. It focuses particularly on the use of computer networks to support students working together on design and construction activities, and it argues that these types of activities are particularly effective in supporting the development of knowledge-building communities."
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Extending corpus data in compiling a learner's dictionary

Author/Org:  Gregory James, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST)
Abstract: "There are evidently few linguistic and educational parallels between South Africa and Hong Kong. However, without being presumptuous, the experience we have in Hong Kong of attempting to come to terms with the linguistic difficulties of our students may offer some insights into how similar problems in South Africa may be addressed."
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Entwicklung und Implementierung eines Datenbanksystems zur Speicherung und Verarbeitung von Textkorpora

Author/Org:  Marco Zierl (MA-Thesis)
Abstract: "Um komfortabel mit gr��eren Korpora arbeiten zu k�nnen, ist daher die Speicherung in einer Datenbank notwendig. Da normale Datenbanken nicht allen Anforderungen gerecht werden, die beim Verarbeiten und Speichern von Korpustexten- und Analysen auftreten, ist hierzu die Erstellung eines speziellen Programmes sinnvoll. Dadurch kann ein System erstellt werden, da� genau auf die Anforderungen der Benutzer von Korpusdaten zugeschnitten ist."
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Giving learners something to do with concordance output

Author/Org: Tom Cobb
Abstract: "Believing that concordancing properly adapted to learner needs could indeed be a powerful learning technology, I have attempted to focus on a particular learning objective for concordances (rapid vocabulary expansion by meeting new words in multiple contexts; Cobb 1996), establish empirically the value of using concordances to meet this objective (Cobb, 1997a), and develop a learner interface and fiction (the learner as lexicographer; Cobb, 1999a) that would sustain extended independent use of concordances by intermediate and advanced learners alike."
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Improvising corpora for ELT: quick-and-dirty ways of developing corpora for language teaching

Author/Org:  Christopher Tribble
Abstract: My main purpose in writing this paper is to show that it is possible to begin to use a "data-driven" approach (Johns T 1991a) to language learning and teaching even if you do not have access to established corpus resources. A secondary purpose is to discuss the potential of small, very specific corpora for ELT (Aston G, 1995) contrasting them specifically with the moderately-sized balanced corpora discussed by Biber D, S Conrad & R Reppen, 1994.
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Integrating Language Learning and Teaching with the Construction of Computer Learner Corpora

Author/Org:  Duane Kindt, Mark Wright
Abstract: "The increasing popularity of using language corpora to inform language learning and teaching (LLT) is closely related to the widespread availability of fast personal computers and increasingly sophisticated software."
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Sensing the Winds of Change: An Introduction to Data-Driven Learning

Author/Org:  Gregory Hadley, Niigata University of International and Information Studies, Japan
Abstract: "With the apparent decline of Communicative Language Teaching's supremacy in recent years, this paper studies the rationale for allowing Data-driven learning (DDL) more prominence in the EFL classroom. After covering some pertinent issues and recent developments in the field of pedagogic grammar (PG), the case for DDL will be discussed. The last part of this paper features the first-documented use of data-driven learning with Japanese university students, with special consideration given to their reactions to this new form of grammar learning."
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Concordancing in Japanese TEFL: Unlocking the power of data-driven learning

Author/Org:  Gregory Hadley, Niigata University of International and Information Studies, Japan
Abstract: "As the TEFL community continues in its paradigm shift away from an emphasis upon fluency (Willis and Willis 1996), teachers world-wide over the past several years have become increasingly interested in concordancing as a tool for language learning."
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