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Does semantic tagging identify cultural change in British and American English?

Potts, Amanda and Baker, Paul (2012) Does semantic tagging identify cultural change in British and American English? International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 17 (3). pp. 295-324. ISSN 1384-6655

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Abstract

This paper explores the viability of automated semantic tagging as a tool of cultural analysis comparing American and British English using the Brown family of corpora. Pairs of corpora representing written language production from circa 1961, 1991 and 2006 were contrasted by comparing key semantic tags. This method was then evaluated in relation to three earlier studies which attempted to uncover cultural differences via assigning keywords to ad hoc categories. After outlining the differences found, we conclude that computerised semantic tagging can offer a wider reaching and more scientific comparison of language patterns. However, we suggest that this method is most appropriate as a starting point for a more in-depth cultural analysis, rather than as a final or certain indication of cultural change.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus compilation ; corpus linguistics ; Semantic tagging ; cultural differences
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 60262
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2012 09:29
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2013 17:39
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/60262

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