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ENG4107 – Corpora in Language Research: Theory and method

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to the theory and methodology of corpus use in language research.

Learning outcome

The aim is to give students insight into, and practical experience of, the use of corpora. Through problem-oriented exercises they will learn how to use electronic text corpora in different types of language studies. The course includes practice in the use of the analysis program WordSmith Tools and the database program FileMaker Pro.


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

The minimum number of attendants for this course is 3, the maximum 10.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the master programs in language or LAP.


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. There is a mid-term break (one week in autumn term, two weeks in spring term) during which the students are expected to prepare obligatory assignments (see below) and otherwise study on their own. 80% attendance required.


Each student must orally present an essay which is part of or in connection with the reading-list during the first half of term. In addition, all students must carry out a limited corpus paper to be presented orally at the seminary during the secound half of term.

In connection with the presentations the students will have to hand in a short written presentation making account for results and sources, and a database including the material organised systematically.

All assignments handed in for evaluation must be accompanied by an obligatory statement concerning cheating:

The final mark for the course is set on the basis of a three-day take-home exam. Both language and content will be part of the assessment, in addition quotations, references and examples must be properly presented.

Previous exams:

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

The results will be found on the StudentWeb within three weeks after the exam.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course




ENG4107 will not be taught autumn 2011. The course will be replaced with a new course that include corpora and a thesis proposal that will start Spring 2012.

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