Syllabus for Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

Introduktion till korpuslingvistik

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN491
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2016-02-03
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-10-10
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits. 90 credits in a language subject.

  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The course is included in the Master's programme in English.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will be able to

  • display familiarity with a variety of synchronic and diachronic English-language corpora
  • demonstrate an understanding of the considerations most central to the process of corpus compilation
  • demonstrate an understanding of important concepts in corpus-based research
  • use a variety of corpus tools to perform searches of spoken and written language data
  • employ both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis
  • carry out small-scale corpus-based research projects on the lexis and grammar of English
  • write research reports presenting original findings in correct and genre-appropriate prose, using well-chosen methods of data presentation


This course introduces students to language corpora as a resource for linguistic analysis. The course presents a survey of existing English-language corpora and teaches the use of variety of corpus tools. Students learn the central concepts and methods of corpus linguistics by performing a number of investigations into the lexis and grammar of English.


Group sessions. Instruction, class discussions, and examinations are in English. All teaching materials are in English. Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In case of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period.


Students are examined in the form of oral presentations, written assignments, and a written home essay. Grades are fail, pass, or pass with distinction.

Students who fail a regular examination will be offered a make-up examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail an examination twice have the right to apply to the head of the department for permission to change examiners or examination forms.

Transitional provisions

Please contact the student counsellor for transitional regulations in connection with changes in the curriculum.

Other directives

If the curriculum or the course literature for a course is changed, students have the right to be examined on the original curriculum and course literature on three occasions during the three following terms. After these three opportunities, the right normally expires.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • McEnery, Tony; Xiao, Richard; Tono, Yukio Corpus-based language studies : an advanced resource book

    London: Routledge, 2006

    Find in the library


A selection of articles.