13018 - Applied Linguistics (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The course will provide the knowledge related to the basic processes and methodologies on corpus building and on automatic text processing.

Course contents

*** 6 CFU ***


  • What is a corpus, how to use it and the kind of information it provides.
  • Parameters for corpus design. Representativeness.
  • Syntagmatic and paradigmatic analysis.
  • Concordances, collocations and lexical association indexes.
  • Annotations
  • Electronic texts, coding, mark-up format and conversion methods.
  • How to collect electronic texts.
  • Corpus access and text retrieval.

- Case study: the corpora CORIS/CODIS, BoLC e DiaCORIS
- Web as corpus.
- Laboratory: querying a tagged corpus.
- Procedures for reading concordances.


  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Part-of-speech tagging - parsing and formal grammars.
  • Lexical semantics - Wordnets.
  • Laboratory of computational linguistics.


*** 12 CFU ***

Add the following contents to those of 6CFU:

  • Applied linguistics. History, methods and definitions
  • Pragmatics
  • Clinical linguistics
  • Textlinguistik and Stylistics
  • Acquisitional and educational linguistics


Students ATTENDING the lessons

*** 6 CFU ***

Some chapters (clearly indicated on the course web site [http://corpora.ficlit.unibo.it/LingAppl/] ) extracted from:
- Lenci, A., Montemagni, S. and Pirrelli, V. (2005). Testo e computer, Carocci.
- McEnery T., Wilson A. (2001). Corpus Linguistics, Edinburgh University Press.
Slides, handouts and papers downloadable from the course web site [http://corpora.ficlit.unibo.it/LingAppl/] .

*** 12 CFU ***

Add the following readings to those of 6CFU:

1) Rossini Favretti Rema, Un'introduzione alla linguistica applicata, 2. Ed, Bologna, Patron, 2009.
2) Davies Alain and Elder Catherine, The handbook of applied linguistics, Malden (MA), Blackwell,
2004, cpp. 3, 9,13,19,20,23
- 3 Second Language Acquisition and Ultimate Attainment (David Birdsong)
- 9 Language, Thought, and Culture (Claire Kramsch)
- 13 Stylistics (John McRae and Urszula Clar)
- 19 Research Methods for Applied Linguistics: Scope, Characteristics, and Standards (James
Dean Brown)
- 20 Second Language Learning (William Littlewood)
- 23 Literacy Studies (Eddie Williams)
3) Cummings Louise, “Il contributo della linguistica clinica”, in I bisogni linguistici specifici. Inquadramento teorico, intervento clinico e didattica delle lingue, a c. di Michele Daloiso, Trento, Erickson, 2016, pp. 85-116.

Students NOT ATTENDING the lessons

*** 6 CFU ***

Add the following book to the readings for students attending the lessons:
- Cresti E., Panunzi, A. (2013). Introduzione ai corpora dell'italiano, Il Mulino.

*** 12 CFU ***

Add the following book and chapters to the readings for students attending the lessons:

1) Martari Yahis, L’acquisizione dell’italiano da parte di sinofoni. Un contributo alla linguistica educativa, Bologna, Pàtron, 2017.
2) Davies Alain and Elder Catherine, The handbook of applied linguistics, Malden (MA), Blackwell, 2004, cpp. 5,10,21
- 5 Discourse Analysis (Hugh Trappes-Lomax)
- 10 Conversation Analysis (Rod Gardner)
- 21 Individual Differences in Second Language Learning (Rod Ellis)

In any case, students not attending the lessons are strongly invited to contact the teachers to get some explanations and avoid any misunderstanding about the course contents and reading materials.

Teaching methods

Face-to-face classes for 60 hours (12CFU) or 30 hours (6CFU). The course is divided into two parts though by different teachers.

In consideration of the type of activity and the teaching methods adopted, the attendance of this training activity requires the prior participation of all students in the training modules 1 and 2 on safety in the study places, in e-learning mode.

Assessment methods

The exam consists of an oral colloquium on the course contents designed to evaluate the critical skills and methodological knowledge gained by the student.

Reaching a clear view of all the course topics as well as using a correct language terminology will be valued with maximum rankings.
Mnemonic knowledge of the course topics or not completely appropriate terminology will be valued with intermediate rankings.
Unknown topics or inappropriate terminology use will be valued, depending on the seriousness of the omissions, with minimal or insufficient rankings.

It is compulsory to register for the exam using the online [https://almaesami.unibo.it/] procedure.

Teaching tools

The course web site is the central point for any kind of information about the course. It contains the handouts and the readings discussed during the lessons as well as a rich software repository useful for laboratory practice.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Fabio Tamburini