Here is the syllabus from the course I taught on corpus methods in syntax at UC Berkeley, Fall 2000. The labs (with answer keys) are all available here.
This class will cover (1) tools and techniques for using natural language corpora and (2) the research methodology of previous corpus-based studies of syntax.
Now that the lecture has been reduced from one and a half hours to one hour, the lab will take the "full" two hours (minus :10, of course) from 1-3.
You can also go to the lab during open hours to use those computers to log in to corpora.berkeley.edu. The open hours are subject to change, so be sure to check (at the link above) when you plan to go.
The primary course requirement is a term project involving original, corpus-based research. You will be asked to turn in a proposal early in the semester so that I can help you design and execute your project. Proposals will also be discussed in class.
S/U credit will be given for attendance and participation. However, S/U students who want to do a term project, or who have some other project they'd like to "workshop" are welcome to do so.
|Term project proposal (1 page)||10/2|
|Term project abstract (BLS/CLS style)||11/27|
|Term paper writing up results of project||12/15|
This schedule is tentative. The lab topics may change depending on what resources we can acquire and when. The lecture topics may change depending on how many students wish to workshop their projects.
|8/28 || Why corpus syntax?|
(Kennedy Ch 1)
Kennedy Ch 2
|Intro to Unix|
|9/11|| English corpus syntax: Lexis|
Kennedy Ch 3.1--3.2
|9/18|| English corpus syntax: Lexis (cont)|
Kennedy Ch 3.2
Update on ANC
|9/25|| English corpus syntax: Grammar|
Kennedy Ch 3.3--3.4
Fillmore on FrameNet: 2-4pm 6th floor ICSI
|10/2|| English corpus syntax: Variation|
Kennedy Ch 3.5
|Project proposal due 10/2|
|10/9|| Corpus-based analysis|
Kennedy Ch 5.1--5.2
|11/6|| Applying corpus methods|
Arnold et al. 2000
|NO LAB (Veteran's Day)|
|11/13|| Frequencies and competence|
|11/20|| Frequencies and grammaticality |
|NO LAB (Thanksgiving)|
|11/27|| The balancing act|
|Project abstract due 11/28|
|Final paper due 12/15|