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Corpus linguistics and second/foreign language learning: exploring multiple paths

DOI: 10.1590/S1984-63982011000200008

Keywords: corpus linguistics, second/foreign language corpora, applications, second/foreign language teaching and learning.

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the aim of this article is twofold: first, to briefly assess the influence that corpus linguistic research has had on second/foreign language learning so far, and second, to suggest future directions for a more coherent and well thought out integration of corpora in instructed settings. in section 1, the influence of native and learner corpus research on second/foreign language learning will be assessed in turn, and some reasons for the overall lack of uptake of corpora in educational contexts will be put forward. in section 2, i will argue that multiple paths will have to be explored for a better integration of corpora in instructed settings. the fact that various - and sometimes even radically opposite - directions will be proposed might appear conflicting at first sight, but it will be demonstrated that opting for a multiplicity of perspectives is the only way to lay the foundations of a healthy cross-fertilizationbetween corpus linguistics and the current multi-faceted language learning and teaching cultures.

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