Evaluate the usefulness of the corpus methodology

Carry out an analysis by utilizing BNC Corpus in Comparing

the two synonymous nouns: Error and Mistake.

• Compare the words in terms of their collocations, distributions, and

any other aspects of meaning and use that you consider relevant.

• Compare your findings to the information on your chosen words in

two dictionaries of English: one old (pre-1985) and one new (post-1995),3

• Critically discuss the value of corpus-based approaches for studying word

meaning and use.

It is recommended to use the British National Corpus( BNC ) as the main data for this topic.


• State your aims and research questions

• Describe the methods you use to analyse the data, and (if appropriate) to

design and compile the corpus

• Summarize the main quantitative (statistical) and/or qualitative tendencies;

you may include tables, charts, or both, but do not rely on these as a

substitute for discussion. Also include some example sentences and phrases

from the corpus, with comments (for example, sentences that illustrate typical

or unusual aspects of usage of a word)

• Use a good range of references from the corpus linguistics literature

• Evaluate the usefulness of the corpus methodology

• Give a word count at the end of the essay, just above the list of references.

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