Introduction to Corpus Linguistics

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 5EN491

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
English A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 10 October 2018
Responsible department
Department of English

General provisions

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

Entry requirements

120 credits. 90 credits in a language subject.

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.

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.

Transitional provisions

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