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Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora
Volume 2: Diachronic Databases
 
 
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12 Jul 2007
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A range of electronic corpora has become increasingly accessible via the WWW and CD-ROM. This development 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, the fragmentary texts and voices left to us as accidents of history. 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 across genres as well as social, temporal 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 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, the fragmentary texts and voices left to us as accidents of history. 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 across genres as well as social, temporal 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 Diachronic Corpora; J.C.Beal, K.P.Corrigan & H.L.Moisl
A Linguistic "Time Capsule": The Newcastle Electronic Corpus of Tyneside English; W.Allen, J.C.Beal, K.P.Corrigan, W.Maguire & H.L.Moisl
Questions of Standardization and Representativeness in the Development of Social Networks Based Corpora: The Story of the Network of Eighteenth-Century English Texts; S.M.Fitzmaurice
The ONZE Corpus; E.Gordon, M.Maclagan & J.Hay
Tracking Dialect History: A Corpus of Irish-English; R.Hickey
The Manuscript-Based Diachronic Corpus of Scottish Correspondence; A.Meurman-Solin
Historical Sociolinguistics: The Corpus of Early English Correspondence; H.Raumolin-Brunberg & T.Nevalainen
Revealing Alternatives: On-Line Comparative Translations of Interlinked Chinese Historical Texts; N.Standen & F.Jones
The York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose; A.Taylor
A Corpus of Late Eighteenth-Century Prose; L.van Bergen & D.Denison
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 Personal Reader in Linguistics and English Language at Newcastle University, UK. She has held lectureships at University College, Dublin and the Universities of Edinburgh and York, and a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship. She recently published Syntax and Variation (with Leonie Cornips).

HERMANN L. MOISL teaches and researches at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK where he is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language. He has held British and Canada Council Fellowships and has published widely.