How can we take advantage of digital tools to streamline opportunities for language analysis and language learning based on real data?
As Nick C. Ellis (2019) wrote, language is the quintessence of distributed cognition. Language and usage are like the shoreline and the sea. Usage affects learning, and it affects languages, too.
If we want to understand language learning and use, we need to investigate language usage, its content, its participants, and its contexts.
Our research team has developed their expertise in the fields of corpus linguistics and applied linguistics. Established in 1994 at the University of Murcia, the Languages for specific purposes, language corpora, and English linguistics applied to knowledge engineering team can advise and offer solutions to companies, institutions and research teams that need to understand how language is used across varied registers of use.
WHAT ARE CORPORA?
A corpus is language data that informs our understanding of how language is used.
Corpora are collections of language data that allow us to examine actual usage in real contexts.
Our research group uses corpora and digital tools to research language use both in general and specific contexts at the micro level of human social action, interaction, and conversation.
Over 25 years, we have designed, collected and exploited language corpora.
We have pioneered the use of use of corpora for web and mobile applications and for data mining in language learning by developing pedagogical interfaces.
We use linguistic data for the design of applications related to the use of the English and Spanish language in specialised language environments and in general language learning scenarios.
Our group has developed a wide range of products related to the exploitation and creation of tools for the processing of knowledge engineering applied to data-driven learning.
We have developed solutions for pedagogic annotation and the use of real language use for language learning
Our pedagogic annotation approach facilitates the development of tailored solutions for the learning of languages across the board.
We have pioneered the use of multimodal corpora for language learning, integrating video and language search interfaces.
We have pioneered the of use web services to help language learners personalize feedback when using mobile devices.
Applications that facilitate statistical language learning and allow for personalized experiences will be key in the forthcoming years. However, it is crucial that these applications use solid language learning principles and a research-driven understanding of the use of lexico-grammatical units.
Our research group can advise on how to tailor the use of real language data in digital contexts to companies, research consortiums and organisations that need to rely on a solid linguistic analysis to implement experiences that require a data-driven understanding of:
- how language usage affects our lives,
- how we communicate,
- how we learn and
- how we interact with each other.