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Querying keywords : questions of difference, frequency and sense in keywords analysis.

Baker, Paul (2004) Querying keywords : questions of difference, frequency and sense in keywords analysis. Journal of English Linguistics, 32 (4). pp. 346-359.

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    Abstract

    The corpus analysis program WordSmith Tools allows two corpora to be compared against each other in order to acquire a list of keywords: words that appear statistically more often in one text than the other. This article examines some potential problems of analyzing keywords and ways to overcome them. A keywords analysis may force the researcher to overplay differences rather than similarities, and it focuses on difference at the lexical rather than the semantic, grammatical, or pragmatic levels. An examination of dispersion patterns, concordances, and key clusters are useful supplementary forms of analysis. The use of annotated data to derive key categories or grouping like words into similar groups is also helpful.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of English Linguistics
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Journal of English Linguistics, 32 (4), 2004, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2004 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Journal of English Linguistics page: http://eng.sagepub.com/ on SAGE Journals Online: http://online.sagepub.com/
    Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus • methodology • frequency • discourse
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 26236
    Deposited By: Dr Paul Baker
    Deposited On: 22 Apr 2009 13:06
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:30
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/26236

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