A #corpusmooc participant in answering a discussion question on what they would like to use corpora for replied that they wanted a reference book that shows various common structures in various genres such as “letters of condolence, public service announcements, obituaries”.
The CORE (Corpus of Online Registers) corpus at BYU along with the virtual corpora feature allows a way to reach for this.
For example, the screenshot below shows the keywords of verbs & adjectives in the Reviews genre:
Before I briefly show how to make a virtual corpus do note that the standard interface allows you do to a lot of things with the various registers. The CORE interface shows you examples of this. For example the following shows the distribution of the present perfect across the genres:
Create virtual corpora
To create a virtual corpus first go to the CORE start page:
Then click on Texts/Virtual and get this screen:
Next press Create corpus to get this screen:
We want the Reviews Genre so choose it from the drop down box:
Then press Submit to get the following screen:
Here you can either accept these texts or say you want to build only a film review corpus manually look through links and filter for film reviews only. Give your corpus a name or add it to an already existing corpus. Here we give it the name “review”:
Then after submitting you will be taken to the following screen which shows you all your virtual corpora collection we can see the corpus we just created at number 5:
Now you can list keywords.
Do note that the virtual corpora feature is available in most of the BYU collection so if genre is not your thing maybe the other choices of corpora might be useful.
Thanks for reading and do let me know if anything appears unclear.