IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(1): 39-44 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.7763/IJLLL.2015.V1.9

Corpus-Based Vocabulary Analysis of Rock Guitar Lessons and a Sample Dictionary

Nantakarn Impong and Jirapa Vitayapirak
Abstract—This study explored in-depth to the language of rock guitar lessons. The aims of this study are to find out terminologies used in rock guitar lessons and to design a sample bilingual dictionary for Thais. The user needs analysis was done to receive information about reading materials to compile the Rock Guitar Lessons Corpus (RGL). The RGL Corpus consists of 1,356,029 words (tokens). The concordance software “Wordsmith Tools”, and “RANGE_GAL_AWL Programs” were used.
The word lists were classified into three groups of general, academic, and technical vocabularies. The function words, content words, collocation, and abbreviations were also analyzed. The total word types in the corpus were 40,542 and the types and tokens ratio was 1:33.44. The results showed that general vocabulary occurred at the highest frequency. Some general and academic words were used as technical terms. Many multi-word terms were frequently found when using KWIC concordance. These terms were formed by combination of general and academic vocabularies. Symbols and abbreviations were significantly found in the corpus, i.e. clippings, initials, acronyms, contractions, and substitutions. The word frequencies, word combination and typical usage were used to create sample English-Thai dictionary entries of rock guitar.

Index Terms—Corpus, rock guitar, dictionary, vocabulary, terminology, KWIC concordance.

Nantakarn Impong is with the Dept. of Applied Linguistics (English for Science and Technology), King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Thailand (e-mail: Modrockguitar@gmail.com).
Jirapa Vitayapirak is with the Dept. of Applied Arts (English), Faculty of Industrial Education, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang, Thailand (e-mail: kvjirapa@kmitl.ac.th).

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Cite:Nantakarn Impong and Jirapa Vitayapirak, "Corpus-Based Vocabulary Analysis of Rock Guitar Lessons and a Sample Dictionary," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 39-44, 2015.

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