Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 3. September 2018                                   Pp. 84-97
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.6

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Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics: The Methodological Synergy in Second Language
Pedagogy and Research

Ibrahim Bashir
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication Universiti
Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia

 Kamariah Yunus
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication Universiti
Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia

  Bashir Ibrahim
Centre of English Language Studies, Faculty of Languages and Communication Universit
i Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu, Malaysia

 

 

Abstract:
Corpus linguistics is a new branch of linguistics but its status is still debatable – either as a theory or a methodology. This article aims to give an overview of the different approaches and perspectives of corpus linguistics. The neo-Firthians contend that corpus linguistics is a method, while other prominent corpus linguists claim that it is a theory. Other corpus linguists believe that corpus linguistics can be both a methodology as well as a theory depending on the extent and purposes it is used for. The applicability of corpus linguistics as a methodology is observed in English Language Teaching and Learning (ELT).  Learner corpora are used extensively in second language pedagogy and research as either direct approach involving Data-Driven Learning (DDL) where students participated as researchers and worked directly with corpora or indirect approach where corpus is used as a research method in producing dictionaries, syllabuses, textbooks, and teaching materials.
Keywords: Corpus linguistics, corpus-based study, corpus-driven study, corpus-informed study, Data-Driven Learning (DDL), learner corpora, second language acquisition (SLA)

Cite as:  Bashir, I., Yunus, K., & Ibrahim, B. (2018). Perspectives on Corpus Linguistics: The Methodological Synergy in Second Language Pedagogy and Research. Arab World English Journal, 9 (3),84-97.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no3.6

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Ibrahim Bashir: is a PhD candidate of English Language Studies specializing in Corpus
Linguistics at Faculty of Languages and Communication, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin,
Malaysia. He holds a master degree in TESL from the same university graduated in 2016. His
areas of research interest include, applied linguistics, pragmatics and corpus linguistics.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2360-8468