Using the Target Abstract Corpus (TAC)

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Write Like an Academic : 

Write Like an Academic Using the Target Abstract Corpus

What is the Target Abstract Corpus? : 

What is the Target Abstract Corpus? Comprises 174,093 words of running text taken from academic abstracts published in English speaking countries. Contains authentic examples of the language and lexis needed to write like an academic. This corpus was compiled by Nilgun Hancioglu as part of her PhD research.

Where is the TAC? : 

Where is the TAC? The full TAC is available through a concordance in the WLA MOODLE Course.

The WLA Course : 

The WLA Course

How do we use the TAC? : 

How do we use the TAC? By entering key words into the concordance programme to see how post-graduate students and researchers like you have successfully used these words and phrases in their writing.

Locate a word you are interested in by using the alphabetic keys at the top of the screen and the wordlist on the left. : 

Locate a word you are interested in by using the alphabetic keys at the top of the screen and the wordlist on the left.

The concordance then shows you all the examples of your word used in context. In this example, we see how ‘novel’ is used as a synonym for ‘new’ in academic writing. : 

The concordance then shows you all the examples of your word used in context. In this example, we see how ‘novel’ is used as a synonym for ‘new’ in academic writing.

By clicking on the line number in any of these strings, we can examine the use of the word within its larger context in the screen below (which you can slide up and down). : 

By clicking on the line number in any of these strings, we can examine the use of the word within its larger context in the screen below (which you can slide up and down).

What do we learn? : 

What do we learn? We see: how individual words are used what they are used for what other words appear with them what grammatical patterns they occur in all in the context of real academic writing

Write Like an Academic : 

Write Like an Academic Write like an academic by Nilgun Hancioglu is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License with permissions available beyond the scope of this license.

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