Saturday, March 28, 2009


Tools for Chinese Language Teaching and Research

By Marjorie K.M. Chan

This article presents an introduction to concordancers, and to the concordancing of Chinese e-texts in particular. Demonstrations are given of searches using spaced and non-spaced source e-texts, with the concordance results presented in Keyword-in-Context (KWIC) display format. There are illustrations to accompany discussions of full-text concordances, and of concordances targeting specific words or phrases. The writer suggests how concordancers might be used in language-teaching and in conducting research on various linguistic phenomena of the Chinese language. An appendix compares several concordancing programs capable of handling Chinese e-texts.


Building and using your own corpus and concordance.

By Watson Todd, R

Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on corpora and concordancing in language teaching. The use of corpora and concordances has, however, been largely restricted to institutions with large resources, and the majority of teachers and students have been excluded from gaining the potential benefits. In this paper, the writer showed how specific genre and general corpora can be built and analysed without any special programs. This allows some innovative applications of corpora to become available in most classrooms, including getting students to create their own concordances for self-correction and creating databases to guide course design.