Corpora and Cultural Cognition: How corpus-linguistic methodology can contribute to Cultural Linguistics

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Cultural cognition is, to a great extent, transmitted through language and, consequently, reflected and replicated in language use. Cultural cognition may be instantiated in various patterns of language use, such as the discursive behavior of constructions. Very often, such instantiations can be difficult to capture and document using experimental techniques as well as questionnaires, interviews, discourse tasks, and introspection, because they emerge in 'everyday' language use. One methodological framework, however, that can be used here is corpus linguistics. This chapter discusses how Cultural Linguistics can benefit from adopting corpus-linguistic methodology into its methodological inventory. The chapter consists of three parts, the first of which introduces the fundamental principles of corpus linguistics more broadly. The second part discusses some examples of corpus studies in which culture is addressed. In the third part of the chapter, three case studies are presented – one from Danish and two from English – to illustrate the analysis of cultural conceptualization via corpus-linguistic techniques.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Cultural Linguistics
EditorsFarzad Sharifian
Number of pages29
Place of PublicationSingapore
Publication dateMay 2017
ISBN (Print)9789811040559
ISBN (Electronic)9789811040566
Publication statusPublished - May 2017
SeriesCultural Linguistics

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - Cultural Linguistics, cognitive linguistics, cultural cognition, cultural conceptualization, corpus linguistics, corpus methodology, cultural schemata, cultural schemas, cultural models, cultural metonymy, English language, Danish language, construction grammar, culture, cardinal posture verbs, pseudo-coordination, covarying collexemes, collostructional analysis, Korpus2000, KorpusDK, semantic prosody, scalar semantics, force dynamics, collocations, Corpus of Contemporary American English, American English, gender, agency, Global English, World Englishes, Global Web-Based English, constructional variation, cognitive sociolinguistics, heatmap, complex adaptive systems

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