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WhatisCorpusLinguistics?StefanTh.Gries*UniversityofCaliforniaAbstractCorpuslinguisticsisoneofthefastest-growingmethodologiesincontemporarylinguistics.Inaconversationalformat,thisarticleanswersafewquestionsthatcorpuslinguistsregularlyfacefromlinguistswhohavenotusedcorpus-basedmethodssofar.Itdiscussessomeofthecentralassump-tions(‘formaldistributionaldifferencesreflectfunctionaldifferences’),notions(corpora,representa-tivityandbalancedness,markupandannotation),andmethodsofcorpuslinguistics(frequencylists,concordances,collocations),anddiscussesafewwaysinwhichthedisciplinestillneedstomature.AtarecentLSAmeeting…[withanobviousbowtoFrederickNewmeyer]Question:So,Ihearyou’reacorpuslinguist.Interesting,Igettoseemoreandmoreabstractsandpapersandevenjobadswhereexperiencewithcorpus-basedmethodsarementioned,butIactuallyknowonlyverylittleaboutthisarea.So,what’sthisallabout?Answer:Yes,it’strue,it’sreallyanapproachthat’sgainingmoreandmoreprominenceinthefield.Inaneditorialoftheflagshipjournalofthediscipline,...