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Extending the possibilities of corpus-based research on English in the twentieth century: a prequel to LOB and FLOB.

Leech, Geoffrey and Smith, N. (2005) Extending the possibilities of corpus-based research on English in the twentieth century: a prequel to LOB and FLOB. ICAME Journal, 29. pp. 83-98.

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Abstract

This paper explains the rationale for a new corpus being assembled at Lancaster University to complement the existing Brown ‘family’ of corpora: that is, English language corpora modelled on the original Brown University corpus, such as LOB, Frown, FLOB, Wellington, etc. The purpose of the new corpus, called Lancaster1931, is to extend the chronological span of these corpora into the first half of the twentieth century, and so to afford researchers a stronger empirical basis for examining recent changes in grammatical usage in English. We discuss some methodological issues encountered in extending the Brown model to earlier historical periods. We also outline some developments under way to permit more rigorous computer-assisted analyses within and across these corpora, namely (i) encoding of all the corpora with XML, (ii) adoption of a common grammatical tagset, known as ‘C8’, and (iii) implementation of a semantic annotation scheme.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: ICAME Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: cs_eprint_id ; 1086 cs_uid ; 1
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 12616
Deposited By: ep_importer_comp
Deposited On: 07 Jul 2011 15:53
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 16:44
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/12616

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