Although some say G+ is a dying forum the CL G+ group now has 482 members, nice. Admittedly not many interact but I do (like to) think a lot do appreciate the resources put on there. I had the pleasure of being a mentor on the Lancaster University Future Learn Corpus Linguistics MOOC last September, which is going to have another round next September so look out for that.
First up for this installment of news I check the claim that elementary my dear Watson was never used in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
Next I challenged readers to check how many business idioms in a list can be accounted for in relevant corpora.
There is a useful table of search syntax for the COCA interface.
My search for publically available spoken corpora.
A list of phrasal verbs Jeremy Corbyn used in his final rally speech before becoming Labour leader.
Using the SKELL interface to get some good examples for a review quiz.
Some AntConc alternatives.
Finally a description of using a scraping tool to get biology and medical abstracts in simpler language that might be suitable for EAP students.
Thanks for reading. And don’t forget to check out the previous corpus linguistics community news if you haven’t already.