Corpus Linguistics Critical Discourse Analysis

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Munawwir Hadiwijaya
IKIP Budi Utomo Malang

Abstract: The unhelpful argument concerning whether a qualitative or quantitative analysis is ‘best’ is still echoed nowadays by some of each supporters in the development of knowledge and science. However, in language study, such claim is weakened along with the arousal of a new combined ’methodological synergy’ between CL, represents quantitative paradigm, and CDA represents qualitative paradigm, the joined forces of these two methods is called Corpus Linguistics Critical Discourse Analysis (CLCDA).

Keyword: CL, CDA, CLCDA

The methods in language study have been broadly developed in line
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Not sharpening the difference which can lead into unbeneficial atmosphere in the development of language study, the scholars tend to combine these two approaches into a mutually beneficial ‘methodological synergy’ (Baker et al., 2013). Baker (2012) argues that the most fruitful approach is to combine CL’s quantitative and CDA’s qualitative approaches and use them cyclically, such that claims arising from one analytical position are testable with the tools of the other. Combining both approaches has been variously advocated by different scholars in order to complement the weaknesses of each method and strengthen the findings of the study being conducted (see Baker, Gabrielatos, & McEnery,…show more content…
1). The position of CL is in the second one. McEnery & Wilson (2001) define Corpus linguistics as “the study of language based on examples of ‘real life’ language use” (p. 1). This method has become popular since the advent of personal computers in the 1990s. Therefore, it is often described as being a relatively new approach that investigates language in use with the aid of computers. However, since computer is merely an automaton, for its interpretation still human's interaction becomes the primary means. Corpus linguistics has largely been accepted as an important way of analyzing language in different fields such as lexicography (Hanks, 2012), syntax (Roland, Dick, & Elman, 2007), cognitive linguistics (Gries & Stefanowitsch, 2007), and applied linguistics (Hunston,

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