What is advisable re. corpus material?

asked 2020-08-18 13:45:08 -0400

Not having specialized in Corpus Linguistics but in Applied Linguistics and needing corpus material for discourse analysis, I'd like to know, with reference to investigating corpora for synchronic usage of the set of structures known as the Conditional, which sources of corpus material would you recommend for exploration? i.e. for finding instances in print of the conditional structure in use.

Also, is there a methodology you can recommend for searching and retrieving data digitally. By data, I mean examples of the specific structure to be analyzed discursively. Before computers were made available to the general public, we could only manually access and visually search hard copy fiction, essays, newspapers, etc. and transcribe recorded or live speech. Can you update me briefly as to digital methodology?

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