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First Semester 
Teaching style
Lingua Insegnamento

Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)


A Module
Knowledge and understanding
- knowledge of the main concepts in corpus linguistics, electronic lexicography and databases

Applying knowledge and understanding
- being able to apply the principles of linguistic inquiry through the use of various types of corpora
- being able to create an annotated corpus
- being able to create an e-dictionary
-being able to query an e-dictionary
-being able to query a linguistic database

Making judgements
- Being able to evaluate linguistic data by interpreting the information encoded in corpora, in electronic dictionaries and in linguistic databases
- Being able to identify and collect information and to correctly encode it within a corpus, an electronic dictionary, and a linguistic database

- being able to discuss problems and solutions in relation to the creation and analysis of corpora, electronic dictionaries and databases.

Lifelong learning skills
-Having the learning skills necessary for continuous updating in the corpus linguistics and e-lexicopgraphy
- Having the ability to draw on several bibliographic sources related to the studies of corpus linguistics and e-lexicography


Solid background in linguistics and in two foreign languages
Notions of semantics


Corpora, electronic dictionaries and databases
1. Corpora
Introduction to corpus linguistics
- History of the discipline: from concordances to corpus linguistics
- Classification of corpora
- The main corpora for Italian and for foreign languages
1.2 Querying corpora: concordances and studies on frequency
1.2.1 Concordances
- The role of context in the interpretation of the utterances
- The use of corpora for the study of the linguistic context
- The concordancers
- Introduction to SketchEngine
- The study of collocations
- Collocates
- Colligates
- Semantic preference
- Semantic Prosody
- Extended units of meaning
1.2.2 Frequency studies
- Population
- Distribution
- Frequency lists
- Tokenization
- Vocabulary and type/token ratio
- Lexical distribution: Zipf's law
- Cumulative frequencies
- Study of keywords
1.3 Creating a corpus
- Corpus design
- Acquisition
- Encoding
- Annotation
- Introduction to XML annotation
- Introduction to the main coding standards
- A case study: the Early Modern Sardinian Corpus

2. Electronic dictionaries
- Principles of lexicography
- What is an electronic dictionary
- How to build and electronic dictionary
-How to query an electronic dictionary
- Introduction to Lexonomy

3. Automated text analysis
- Textual statystitcs and text mining
- Sentiment analysis
- Case studies

B Module
- Intercultural communication
- Language and culture
- Language and identity
- Bilingualism and biculturalism
- Intercultural pragmatics
- Focus on case studies

Teaching Methods


Verification of learning

Written exam
There will be an interim test (not mandatory and addressed to the students attending classes, related to module A)


A Module: Applied linguistics
Cresti, Emanuela, Panunzi, Alessandro (2013), Introduzione ai corpora dellitaliano, Bologna, Il Mulino
Riccio, Anna (2016) Gli strumenti per la ricerca linguistica. Corpora, dizionari e database. Collana: Studi Superiori, Roma: Carocci.

B Module: Linguistics for intercultural mediation
Balboni, Paolo E.; Caon, Fabio (2015) La comunicazione interculturale, Padova, Marsilio
Bettoni, Camilla (2006) Usare un'altra lingua. Guida alla pragmatica interculturale, Roma-Bari, Laterza

More Information

Additional support material will be provided during the course
The slides will be available on moodle

Questionnaire and social

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