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  • Corpus / Corpora
  • http://141.211.123.105:8000/search/main/; point out how each feature is useful for teachers (e.g. pdf versions added upon instructor’s request)
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    • 1. Using a Corpus as a Tool for Writers: MICUSP Judy Dyer
    • 2. What is a corpus?A large selection of naturally occurring spoken and/or written language available in digital format.Corpora are a useful resource for linguists, lexicographers, teachers, and students because they provide instant access to large amounts of authentic
    • 3. Examples of Corpora Michigan Corpus of Academic Spoken English (MICASE) 1.7 million word corpus of transcribed lectures, discussion groups, etc., compiled by the English Language Institute at UM British National Corpus (BNC), a 100 million word corpus of written (90%) and spoken (10%) language, including telephone conversations, novels, student papers, and many other genres. BYU Corpus of American English (BYU CAE), a 360+ million word corpus of written and spoken language.
    • 4. MICUSP The Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers 829 „A‟ grade papers (roughly 2.6 million words) Range of disciplines across 4 academic divisions* of the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor (*Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Biological and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences). It can be accessed through an online interface called MICUSP Simple, available at: http://search-micusp.elicorpora.info/simple
    • 5. BROWSING PAPERS INMICUSP16 DISCIPLINES PAPER TYPES  Argumentative Essay  Creative WritingTEXTUAL FEATURES  Research Paper  Abstract  Report  Definitions  Critique/Evaluation  Discussion of results  Response Paper  Literature review  Proposal  Methodology section  Problem-solution pattern  Reference to sources STUDENT LEVELS  Tables, graphs or figures  Final year undergraduate students (level G0)  1st, 2nd and 3rd year graduate students (levels G1, G2 & G3)
    • 6. General Uses of MICUSP To search for use of particular word(s) To search for collocations of words i.e. information about with which word(s) a particular word co-occurs To search for examples of particular text types (a research proposal in Biology, a report in Psychology) To search for examples of features of texts (e.g. abstracts in Biology research papers, definitions in Mechanical Engineering, how to introduce a figure or graph) To look at frequencies of a particular phrase/word
    • 7. MICUSP Simple top screen
    • 8. Interact with graphs
    • 9. Use further filter options
    • 10. Get instant information about papers
    • 11. Potential uses for MICUSP I don‟t know how to use “nevertheless.” Does it always go first in a sentence? Is it “different from” or “different to”? How do I introduce a figure or graph in a Poli Sci paper? How do I write a lit review for a psychology paper? How do I write a definition in a biology paper? Is it ok to use “I” in a Mechanical Engineering report?
    • 12. Acknowledgments The Michigan Corpus Linguistics Team (Ute Roemer and Matt O‟Donnell) John Swales – the initiator of corpus linguistics at Michigan and a great educator and inspiration.
    • 13. What is a Concordancer? Software which can be used to search, access, and analyze language from a corpus. Useful in exploring the relationships between words, and can provide information about the way language is used. A concordancer allows us to enter a word or phrase, and search for multiple examples of how that word or phrase is used in everyday speech or writing.

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