Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Synchronic Databases [NOOK Book]

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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 those which one might describe as 'unconventional', namely dialects, child language and bilingual databases. Advances in technology have enabled the collection and organization of such data sets into a ...
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Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Synchronic Databases

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Overview

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 those which one might describe as 'unconventional', namely dialects, child language and bilingual databases. Advances in technology have enabled the collection and organization 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 digitizing these resources taking full advantage of the dramatic recent improvements in computing and analytical tools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230264618
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/27/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


List of Tables     vi
List of Figures     vii
Foreword   Shana Poplack     ix
Notes on the Contributors     xiv
List of Abbreviations     xviii
Taming Digital Voices and Texts: Models and Methods for Handling Unconventional Synchronic Corpora   Joan C. Beal   Karen P. Corrigan   Hermann L. Moisl     1
SCOTS: Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech   Jean Anderson   Dave Beavan   Christian Kay     17
FRED - The Freiburg English Dialect Corpus: Applying Corpus-Linguistic Research Tools to the Analysis of Dialect Data   Lieselotte Anderwald   Susanne Wagner     35
The Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (SAND): A Corpus of Elicited Speech as an On-line Dynamic Atlas   Sjef Barbiers   Leonie Cornips   Jan-Pieter Kunst     54
Coding and Analysing Multilingual Data: The LIDES Project   Penelope Gardner-Chloros   Melissa Moyer   Mark Sebba     91
ICE-Ireland: Local Variations on Global Standards   Jeffrey Kallen   John Kirk     121
The Talkbank Project   Brian MacWhinney     163
Developing and Using a Corpus of Written Creole   Mark Sebba   Susan Dray     181
Representing Real Language: Consistency, Trade-Offs and Thinking Ahead!   Sail A. Tagliamonte     205
Index     241
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