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Native speaker and learner language data in Applied Linguistics: what's next?

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The use of corpus data is becoming increasingly popular in applied linguistics research and, particularly, with Second Language Acquisition (SLA) researchers. It is precisely now 10 years that Florence Myles published a seminal paper that called for the need to develop corpus resources that could meet the research needs of those in the field of SLA . Since then, a more fruitful dialogue has emerged between SLA researchers and corpus linguists.

In essence, corpora are principled collections of texts gathered with some clear purpose in mind, typically language research. A corpus is always motivated and its design principles are robust, which excludes the idea that any set of texts may qualify as a corpus.

In this talk I will deal with some guiding principles in corpus design and use and, in particular, will discuss the uses of both native and learner corpora in different research scenarios. In doing so, I would like to envisage future uses and developments at the crossroads of corpus and applied linguistics.

Bio

Pascual Pérez-Paredes completed his PhD in Applied Linguistics in 1999 after a research stay at The University of Texas at Austin and got a permanent position as Tenured lecturer with the English Department at UM in 2004. He is now a University Lecturer with the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge (Research in Second Language Education).

His main interests are quantitative research of register variation, the compilation and use of language corpora and the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching/Learning. He has been project coordinator of ERASMUS + TELL-OP (Transforming European Learner Language into Learning Opportunities), SACODEYL a MINERVA initiative funded by the European Commission (http://www.um.es/sacodeyl); coordinator in Spain of Corpora for Content & Language Integrated Learning [BACKBONE], a LLP K2 Transversal programme project, co-responsable for the Spanish EFL component of the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage(UCL) and research member of the The International Corpus of Crosslinguistic Interlanguage (TUFS, Japan).

Some of his most recent publications include Researching Specilized Languages,co-edited with V. Bhatia and P. Sánchez, John Benjamins, which received the 2013 AELFE research award; the co-edition of Software-aided analysis of language, with Mike Scott and P. Sánchez; or research papers on JCR -indexed journals such as the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, System, Language, Learning and Technology or CALL , all of them dealing with the interplay of language corpora, language analysis and language education. In 2009 and 2010, he was a Research Fellow with the English Department in Northern ArizonaUniversity, developing research with Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen. He has co-edited a special issue for ReCALL journal (Cambridge University Press) entitled “Researching new uses of corpora for language teaching and learning”.

He is also a qualified Official Translator appointed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Pascual is, among others, a member of the Scientific Committee of The EUROCALL Review and Research in Corpus Linguistics, and has acted as a reviewer, among others, for the Journal of Second language Writing (Elsevier), System (Elsevier), Language Teaching (CUP), ReCALL (CUP) and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) (Taylor & Francis). Pascual Pérez-Paredes is an undergraduate computer scientist and passionate for digital culture and computers.

This talk is part of the Second Language Education Group series.

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