Concordancing yourself: A personal exploration of academic writing

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This exploratory study involves the construction and analysis of a corpus of an individual's own academic writing. Following an examination of the area of academic writing and the position of academic writing corpora within it, the paper discusses how a 'personal corpus' might be put together, along with issues of the necessary quality and quantity of 'text', and problems which may arise in the construction of a personal corpus. The paper also proposes a background, general 'reference', corpus against which features of academic writing may be measured. Despite its limitations, the most usable tool for the small-scale researcher remains the concordancer. Some limited analyses of lexical, syntactic and discourse features are then presented to show how a potential personal profile might emerge. The paper concludes with a discussion of the limitations facing the analysis of one's own writing, but suggests that, despite limitations, worthwhile insights can be gained in respect of one's personal language awareness. Copyright © 2004 D. Coniam.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-55
JournalLanguage Awareness
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


Coniam, D. (2004). Concordancing yourself: A personal exploration of academic writing. Language Awareness, 13(1), 49-55. doi: 10.1080/09658410408667085


  • Academic corpora
  • Concordancing
  • Text analysis

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