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Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R by Stefan Th. Gries

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1Introduction

1.1 Why Another Introduction to Corpus Linguistics?

This book is an introduction to corpus linguistics. If you are a little familiar with the field, this probably immediately triggers the question “Why yet another introduction to corpus linguistics?” This is a valid question because given the upsurge of corpus-linguistic studies there are also already quite a few introductions available. Do we really need another one? Predictably, I think the answer is “Yes”, and the reason is that this introduction is radically different from every other introduction to corpus linguistics that’s out there. For example, there are a lot of things that are regularly dealt with at length in introductions to corpus linguistics that I will only be concerned ...

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