Exploring register with The Prime Machine: Promoting register awareness through a module for English majors at a Sino-British university in China.

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Corpus approaches underpin a range of postgraduate studies and professional work in language, linguistics, translation and beyond. Awareness of the influences of contextual features on language choice is important for many activities: exploring new text varieties; finding relationships between social factors and language patterning; considering choices for post-editing machine translation; and understanding the very nature of language. Work on register relies on corpus methods, but more support and direction could be offered to help undergraduates gain earlier insights into the power of such corpus analysis. This paper introduces some ways register differences can be revealed through The Prime Machine corpus tool (Jeaco 2017a) and describes the design of a practically-oriented undergraduate module which uses this concordancer. Software features include the organization of texts and presentation of source information for readymade corpora, and methods which can be used to reveal useful
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)279 - 298
JournalRegister Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • UNDERGRADUATE education
  • corpus tools
  • data driven learning
  • register analysis
  • undergraduate corpus projects

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