By Svenja Adolphs
Introducing digital textual content research is a realistic and masses wanted creation to corpora – bodies of linguistic information. Written particularly for college kids learning this subject for the 1st time, the e-book starts with a dialogue of the underlying rules of digital textual content research. It then examines how those corpora improve our knowing of literary and non-literary works. within the first part the writer introduces the thoughts of concordance and lexical frequency, ideas which are then utilized to various components of language learn. Key components tested are using online corpora to enrich conventional stylistic research, and the ways that tools comparable to concordance and frequency counts can show a selected ideology inside of a textual content. proposing an available and thorough knowing of the underlying rules of digital textual content research, the publication comprises considerable illustrative examples and a thesaurus with definitions of major innovations. It will additionally be supported via a spouse web site with hyperlinks to online corpora in order that scholars can observe their wisdom to extra learn. The accompanying web site to this publication are available at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415320216
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In addition, this chapter has provided on overview of some existing corpora that you might draw on. Since electronic text analysis is such a fast moving field, with new corpora being developed every year, a simple search via any of the standard internet search engines will always reveal additional and new resources in the field. Having outlined issues and practices in the design and development of electronic text resources, the next chapter will focus on different kinds of techniques and programs that can be used to analyse them.
Design your own electronic text resource to address a particular research question. In doing so, follow the steps below: • Identify your research question and make a decision about the size and content of your resource that is likely to be required to address your particular research question. • Set your external design criteria and assess the feasibility of collecting data according to these criteria, revise your decision where necessary, and document the rationale behind your decisions. • Identify texts that may be used to assemble your resource, and assess any copyright or other restrictions for using those texts for research purposes.
From text to corpus: stages of handling electronic texts There are basically three processes involved in handling electronic text collections; data collection, annotation and mark-up, and storage. We have already discussed the corpus collection and design stage, so in this section we will concentrate on data representation and storage. There are various ways of preparing a digitized document or collection of documents and this process not only influences the scope of the analysis of a particular text but also the nature of the text itself.
Introducing Electronic Text Analysis: A Practical guide for language and literary Studies by Svenja Adolphs