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Chapter Six - Repetition and Replication: Laying the Groundwork for an Empirical Study

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 September 2022

Tony McEnery
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Lancaster University
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How easy is it to repeat a previous corpus-based study? Repetition is a basic demand of scientific investigations. Hence our focus in this chapter is on an attempt to repeat some studies by Geoffrey Leech of modal verbs and word frequencies. In failing to repeat a number of observations we note the difficulty of repeating studies in corpus linguistics, in spite of the field having proposed that the ability to do this is one of its distinct strengths.

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Print publication year: 2022

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