In the language sciences a corpus is a body of written text or transcribed speech which can serve as a basis for linguistic analysis and description. (p. 1)
Because corpus linguistics is a field where activity is increasing very rapidly and where there is as yet no magisterial perspective, even the very notion of what constitutes a valid corpus can still be controversial. (p. 2)
Some current corpora intended for linguistic research have been designed for general descriptive purposes - that is, they have been designed so that they can be examined or trawled to answer questions at various linguistic levels on the prosody, lexis, grammar, discourse patterns or pragmatics of the language. (pp. 3-4)
1 Kennedy, G. (1998). An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics. London, Addison Wesley Longman Limited.
The design of the Equipoise database sought to counter vague jargon commonly used in the equine industry. Therefore, the resulting database may act as corpora for an investigation of pragmatics in the use of the English language within this specialized field.
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