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MEUNIER, Fanny. Corpus linguistics and second/foreign language learning: exploring multiple paths. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2011, vol.11, n.2, pp.459-477. ISSN 1984-6398.

The aim of this article is twofold: first, to briefly assess the influence that corpus linguistic research has had on second/foreign language learning so far, and second, to suggest future directions for a more coherent and well thought out integration of corpora in instructed settings. In section 1, the influence of native and learner corpus research on second/foreign language learning will be assessed in turn, and some reasons for the overall lack of uptake of corpora in educational contexts will be put forward. In section 2, I will argue that multiple paths will have to be explored for a better integration of corpora in instructed settings. The fact that various - and sometimes even radically opposite - directions will be proposed might appear conflicting at first sight, but it will be demonstrated that opting for a multiplicity of perspectives is the only way to lay the foundations of a healthy cross-fertilizationbetween corpus linguistics and the current multi-faceted language learning and teaching cultures.

Keywords : corpus linguistics; second/foreign language corpora; applications; second/foreign language teaching and learning.

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