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Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora
 
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Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora
Volume 1: Synchronic Databases
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
27 Jun 2007
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A range of electronic corpora has become increasingly accessible via the WWW and CD-ROM. This development has coincided with improvements in the standards governing the collecting, encoding and archiving of such data. Less attention, however, has been paid to making other types of digital data available - especially that which one might describe as 'unconventional', namely, dialects, child language and bilingual databases. Advances in technology have enabled the collection and organisation of such data sets into a growing number of user-friendly electronic corpora. The latter have the potential to offer new insights into linguistic universals, for instance, since they allow, for the first time, rapid and systematic comparisons between first and second language/dialects across both social and geographical space. This book provides state-of-the-art methods and guidelines for creating and digitising these resources taking full advantage of the dramatic recent improvements in computing and analytical tools.


Description

A range of electronic corpora has become increasingly accessible via the WWW and CD-ROM. This development has coincided with improvements in the standards governing the collecting, encoding and archiving of such data. Less attention, however, has been paid to making other types of digital data available - especially that which one might describe as 'unconventional', namely, dialects, child language and bilingual databases. Advances in technology have enabled the collection and organisation of such data sets into a growing number of user-friendly electronic corpora. The latter have the potential to offer new insights into linguistic universals, for instance, since they allow, for the first time, rapid and systematic comparisons between first and second language/dialects across both social and geographical space. This book provides state-of-the-art methods and guidelines for creating and digitising these resources taking full advantage of the dramatic recent improvements in computing and analytical tools.


Reviews

'A unique collection of essays on corpus projects that are fundamentally different from the wide range of general reference corpora of standard English(es)' - Joybrato Mukherjee,  English World-Wide


Contents

Notes on Contributors
Foreword: S.Poplack
Taming Digital Voices and Texts: Models and Methods for Handling Unconventional Synchronic Corpora; J.C.Beal, K.P.Corrigan & H.L.Moisl
SCOTS: Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech; J.Anderson, D.Beavan & C.Kay
FRED - The Freiburg English Dialect Corpus; L.Anderwald & S.Wagner
The Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (SAND): A Corpus of Elicited Speech as an On-line Dynamic Atlas; S.Barbiers, L.Cornips & J-P.Kunst
Coding and Analyzing Multilingual Data: The LIDES Project; P.Gardner-Chloros, M.G.Moyer & M.Sebba
ICE-Ireland: Local Variations on Global Standards; J.Kallen & J.Kirk
The Talkbank Project; B.MacWhinney
Developing and Using a Corpus of Written Creole; M.Sebba & S.Dray
Representing Real Language: Consistency, trade-offs and thinking ahead!; S.A.Tagliamonte
Index


Authors

JOAN C. BEAL is Professor of English Language and Director of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition, University of Sheffield, UK. Her recent publications include English in Modern Times and Language and Region.

KAREN P. CORRIGAN is a Reader in Linguistics and English Language at Newcastle University, UK, and has previously held a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship as well as lectureships at University College, Dublin and the universities of Edinburgh and York (UK). She was Principal Investigator on the NECTE project and has recently published Syntax and Variation (with L. Cornips).

HERMANN L. MOISL teaches and researches at the Newcastle University, UK where he is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language. He has held British and Canada Council Fellowships and has recently published The Handbook of Natural Language Processing (with R.Dale and H.Somers).