The creation and application of a large-scale corpus-based academic multi-word unit list

James Rogers, Amanda Müller, Frank E. Daulton, Paul Dickinson, Cosmin Florescu, Gordon Reid, Tim Stoeckel

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Abstract

This paper outlines a project involving the construction of a corpus-based list which provides a large-scale selection of multi-word units that occur in academic English. Using the most up-to-date, reliable methods, the goal was to produce a large-scale resource which could either be studied directly or used as a reference for practitioners to create further resources. The paper details the procedures used to generate this academic multi-word unit list, explains why specific decisions were made to identify useful items, and discusses the resulting resource. Comparisons will be made between the list created and currently existing lists, and also between the characteristics of the list created versus characteristics of high-frequency general English word lists. Finally, applications of this free resource for English practitioners and students will be suggested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142-157
Number of pages16
JournalENGLISH FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES
Volume62
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Academic vocabulary
  • Collocation
  • Corpora
  • English for specific purposes
  • Formulaic language
  • Multi-word units

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