Specialised Corpora


1. Updating and deepening knowledge on Corpus Linguistics and specialized corpora
2. Domain of current trends and tools in the area
3. Development of critical sense and ability to evaluate proposals and methodologies
4. Acquisition of skills to use and analyze specialized corpora according to the work in Terminology and in Translation
5. Development of the capacity to carry out research on a specific topic in a specialized domain or with systematic use of specialized corpora

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Raquel Fonseca Amaro


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 168

Teaching language



Without prior requirements


Barbero, C. & Amaro, R. (2020) Extração e descrição de léxico de especialidade: exploração de corpora PT-IT do domínio da Arte Pública. Linha d’Água, 33(1), 69-104
Biber, D. (2006) Corpus-Based and Corpus-driven Analyses of Language Variation and Use. In Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis. Oxford.
Bowker, L. & Pearson, J. (2002). Working with Specialized Language: A Practical Guide to Using Corpora.
Corpas P., G., & Seghiri, M. (2010). Size Matters: A Quantitative Approach to Corpus Representativeness. Universidad de Léon.
Evert, S., et al. (2017) E-VIEW-alation-a large-scale evaluation study of association mmeasures for collocation identification. In Proc. of the eLex 2017 conference, Leiden. 531-549.
McEnery, T. & Hardie, A. (2012) Corpus Linguistics: Method, theory and practice. Cambridge University Press
O'Keeffe, A. & McCarthy, M. (dir). (2010) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. Routledge
Sinclair, J. (2004). Trust the text: language corpus and discourse. Routledge

Teaching method

Lectures and practical sessions, based on the presentation and discussion of the topics of syllabus, and presentation seminars and discussion of selected texts . In addition to classe attendance, reading and discussion of the seminar literature, each student will develop a theoretical essay, with tutorial guidance, in which he/she should give substance to a reflection on one the the presented topics that fosters an interdisciplinary view and with application potential on the issue being discussed.

Evaluation method

Follow up and active accomplishment of proposed activities and literature discussion(40%), individual final report/paper showing original thought and the results of its discussion with the lecturer(60%)

Subject matter

1. Corpus Linguistics
1.Corpus Linguistics
1.1 Introduction and theoretical framework
1.2 Types of corpora
1.3 Criteria and parameters for corpus constitution
1.4 Selection and representativeness
2. Tools for corpus treatment and exploitation
2.1 Levels of corpus treatment: from shallow processing to syntactic parsing
2.2 Annotation systems and goals
2.3 Brief introduction to some available tools
3. Specialized corpus
3.1 Texts typologies
3.2 Delimitation criteria
3.3 Constitution and validation of specialized corpora
4. Corpus analysis: hands on work
4.1 Syntagmatic vs. paradigmatic analysis
4.2 Lexical statistics
4.3 Concordances and collocations
4.4 Corpus and knowledge


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