A corpus is an electronically stored collection of texts that is exploited using specialized software. Corpora are used to test hypotheses about language and to provide quantificational data about language use. In addition, they provide an insight into recurring patterns of language that are difficult to observe in other ways. As a result, theories of language based on corpus data are being developed. Corpora have also had an impact on a number of applications of linguistics, including language teaching and translation.
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