Welcome to the interactive
Introduction to Corpus Basics

This is an open-resource self-learning package that is open to anyone interested in the application of corpora (large computer-readable text databases) to practical language problems in English. It is intended for:

  • advanced students of English (for academic purposes/for special purposes),
  • teachers of English (at secondary and tertiary levels), and
  • anyone interested in corpus search techniques.

Its features include:

  • a series of short easy-to-follow video tutorials,
  • click-along demos punctuated by hands-on exercises,
  • interactive feedback on your results, and
  • the option to contact or provide feedback to the providers.

For questions and feedback, please contact Carina Großmann or Julia Schlüter.

To use these materials, you need to:

  1. log in to the University of Bamberg’s learning platform as described here: Virtual Campus Welcome Page (available to University members as well external users),
  2. access the KorPLUS start page, which you find here: Introduction to Corpus Basics, and enter the inscription key "KorPLUS".

In this course, corpora (i.e. text databases) are accessed through English-corpora.org, a very popular and user-friendly interface. Users need to register here: Registration. You can create an account free of charge (which entitles you to 50 searches per day), join an institutional license (if your university has one) or buy your own license (for more information, see https://www.english-corpora.org/premium.asp).

Contents of the course:

  • Introduction to corpora and corpus linguistics (corpus types, affordances and challenges)
  • Basic queries (lists, wildcards, charts, sections)
  • Advanced queries (synonyms, word sketches, collocates, comparison of words, lemmas, POS tags, key-word-in context)
  • Additional information and exercises

Realized by Carina Großmann and Julia Schlüter (Homepage)

Part of the project Digitale Kulturen der Lehre entwickeln (DiKuLe) at the University of BambergFunded by the Stiftung Innovation in der Hochschullehre (2021-2024)

User comments:

“For someone who never used corpora before, I could easily follow the steps and could, if necessary, go back to the respective timestamp to rewatch parts I didn't understand the first time seeing/hearing about it.”