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A research note on corpora and discourse: Points to ponder in research design

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Gerlinde Mautner

Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, AT
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Full professor, Institute for English Business Communication, WU Vienna (Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien)

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Abstract

Corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS) has developed into a mature and popular approach to the study of text and talk. Yet researchers still need to face certain key methodological challenges every time they design a research project. These include: finding the right fit between the research question, data, method and theory; preventing analytical tools from dictating the research process; maintaining the distinction between quantitative and qualitative tools; ensuring that empirical claims are commensurate with the representativeness of the data; and avoiding the misinterpretation of findings. Although none of these challenges can be overcome entirely, significant benefits can be reaped from addressing them critically and self-reflectively.

How to Cite: Mautner, G. (2019). A research note on corpora and discourse: Points to ponder in research design. Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, 2, 2–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/jcads.32
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Published on 03 Jul 2019.
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