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Preface 1. Introduction: goals and methods of the corpus-based approach Part I. Investigating the use of language features: 2. Lexicography 3. Grammar 4. Lexico-grammar 5. The study of discourse characteristics Part II. Investigating the characteristics of varieties: 6. Register variation and English for special purposes 7. Language acquisition and development 8. Historical and stylistic investigations Part III. Summing up and looking ahead: 9. Conclusion Part IV. Methodology boxes: Appendix Notes and suggestions for further reading References Index.