Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Synchronic Databases

Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora: Synchronic Databases

by Joan C. Beal, Karen P. Corrigan, Hermann L. Moisl
     
 
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',

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

'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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230264618
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/27/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

JEAN ANDERSON is the Resource Development Officer for the School of English and Scottish Language and Literature at the University of Glasgow, UK
LIESELOTTE ANDERWALD is Assistant Professor of English Linguistics at Freiburg University, Germany
SJEF BARBIERS is Special Researcher at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam and Professor of Variationist Linguistics at Utrecht University, The Netherlands
DAVE BEAVAN is Computing Manager for the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech at the University of Glasgow, UK
LEONIE CORNIPS is Senior Researcher of Syntax and Sociolinguistics and Head of Department at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
SUSAN DRAY is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster, UK
PENELOPE GARDNER-CHLOROS is a Lecturer in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London, UK
ELIZABETH GORDON taught at the University of Canterbury from 1967 until she retired in 2003 as an Associate Professor. She is co-leader of the University of Canterbury research team on Origins of New Zealand English (ONZE), New Zealand
JENNIFER HAY is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury and is also a member of the ONZE Team, New Zealand
CHRISTIAN KAY is Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in English Language at the University of Glasgow, UK and Convener of Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd.
JEFFREY KALLEN is a Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Phonetics at Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland
JOHN KIRK is a senior lecturer in English and Scottish Language at Queen's University Belfast, UK
JAN-PIETER KUNST works as a software developer at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
MARGARET MACLAGAN is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Disorders at the University of Canterbury. She is also a member of the ONZE research team, New Zealand
BRIAN MACWHINNEY Professor of Psychology and Modern Languages at Carnegie Mellon University, USA
MELISSA G. MOYER is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
SHANA POPLACK, University of Ottawa, Canada
MARK SEBBA is Reader in Sociolinguistics and Language Contact in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK
SALI A. TAGLIAMONTE, University of Toronto, Canada
SUSANNE WAGNER is currently doing research on English in Newfoundland

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