#IATEFL 2016 – Corpus Tweets 4

It is good to see a talk on how to create your own corpus as this is arguably one of the key strengths of corpus linguistics i.e. language that is mined for your students in your particular context. Very far from what a coursebook can address. As ever much appreciation to Sandy Millin for bringing us this talk.

IATEFL 2016 Corpus Tweets 4

Teacher-driven corpus development: the online restaurant review by Chad Langford & Joshua Albair as reported by Sandy Millin

  1. Chad Langford and Josh Albair on creating a corpus of restaurant reviews based on TripAdvisor, as they are linguists and teachers

  2. CL/JA They teach adults, not degree seeking, but find writing is a challenge, esp as learners don’t write much, even in L1

  3. CL/JA Genre of these reviews works as learners can relate to it and feel empowered, memberes of non-geographically bound community

  4. CL/JA By crating a corpus, they believed that would characterise the genre as objectively as possible, and improve materials devmnt

  5. #iatefl CL/JA Basic steps for treating the data to make corpus https://t.co/NobXQJ2782

    CL/JA Basic steps for treating the data to make corpus pic.twitter.com/NobXQJ2782


  6. CL/JA They narrowed down TripAdvisor reviews to London, with 100-200 reviews per restaurant, with 3-dot average


  7. CL/JA They copied over 8000 reviews and copied them into Word – pretty tedious! Huge amount of text and lots to be manually deleted

  8. CL/JA Cleaned data in Word is readable and only has tagline and body of review, maintaining paragraphs for later research


  9. CL/JA Needed to standardise, e.g. three dots for ellipsis, standardise common misspellings, removing extraneous spaceing


  10. CL/JA To so this they used Notepad++ which is a free powerful text editor which they used to tidy up formatting

  11. #iatefl CL/JA Examples of coding they were able to lesrn very quickly https://t.co/fk7uHn48zM

    CL/JA Examples of coding they were able to lesrn very quickly pic.twitter.com/fk7uHn48zM


  12. CL/JA Then added POS tagging, metadata about tagline and types of restaurant etc. Used Wordsmith tools which is cheap, but good


  13. CL/JA They used wordlist, keywords and concord tools within WordSmith


  14. CL/JA Final corpus has 67 restaurants, over 8000 reviews and over 1 million words. Can start to identify restaurant review genre


  15. CL/JA Identified positive/neg evaluative adjectives, retaurant-related vocab: experience, description, food, non-food, person, place


  16. CL/JA Also very high frequency of first person pronouns, overwhelming use of was/were (copulative use?)


  17. CL/JA Discourse showed very common to use ‘but’ as marker in 3dot reviews,very rare in 1/5 “good but” v “but good” – meaning change


  18. CL/JA One was much more common the other. Think it was “good but” – missed it!


  19. CL/JA High instance of subject-less clauses, determiner ellipsis and one more grammar feature I missed


  20. CL/JA Determiner ellipsis is very rarely pointed out to our students, except in headlines. e.g. restaurant was dirty, fish was tasty


  21. CL/JA In class they’ve used it for ranking activity – place five taglines on cline on board, next group can add 5 more/move first


  22. CL/JA Second activity is guided discovery sheet based on authentic review which exemplifies characteristics they’ve identified


  23. CL/JA Can get in touch with them at the University of Lille if you’d like to find out more


  24. CL/JA Tilly Harrison brings up the point that this corpus data draws on comments that perhaps people haven’t given permission to use

 

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