By Svenja Adolphs
Introducing digital textual content research is a pragmatic and masses wanted creation to corpora – bodies of linguistic information. Written particularly for college students learning this subject for the 1st time, the booklet starts with a dialogue of the underlying ideas of digital textual content research. It then examines how those corpora improve our knowing of literary and non-literary works. within the first part the writer introduces the options of concordance and lexical frequency, techniques which are then utilized to quite a number parts of language research. Key components tested are using online corpora to enrich conventional stylistic research, and the ways that tools corresponding to concordance and frequency counts can show a selected ideology inside of a textual content. proposing an available and thorough realizing of the underlying ideas of digital textual content research, the booklet includes ample illustrative examples and a word list with definitions of major innovations. It will additionally be supported through a better half site with hyperlinks to online corpora in order that scholars can observe their wisdom to extra learn. The accompanying site to this publication are available at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415320216
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6 million words from the Old English, Middle English and Early Modern English periods. The design of historical corpora is to some extent restricted by access to different genres, as well as socio-cultural and demographic spread of author origin. This makes it even more important to be explicit about the design criteria and possible effects on analytical results (Rissanen 1989). Historical corpora also allow for the study of language change when compared with corpora from other periods. Monitor corpora can be used for a similar purpose, but focus on current changes in the language.
However, the world wide web can provide us with interesting and up-to-date information about language in use, including new word creations. There are a number of search engines that will return searches for individual lexical items and phrases in a Key Word in Context format. User-friendly interfaces to facilitate this type of search have been developed including that of the WebCorp project (see Renouf et al. 2004). Thus it is possible to restrict the search, for example to particular newspapers, which makes it possible to delineate some design criteria for the corpus on which the search is based, and to move from a relatively broad definition of the web as corpus to a narrower specialized corpus.
Burnard (2005) for example distinguishes between editorial, analytic, descriptive and administrative metadata. However, for the purpose of this book the term metadata has been used only to refer to descriptive and administrative information added to a text. 5. html> This version has been revised and re-edited by Syd Bauman and Lou Burnard. 6. uk/nodes/digitalrecord>. 7. aspx>. 36 Electronic text resources 8. natcorp. html>. 9. htm>. 10. org/>. Please note that permission for extracting, analysing and quoting data from any archive or website must be cleared with the relevant copyright holders.