But writing new scripts requires programming skills that are probably beyond the capabilities of the average corpus linguist.
(Meyer 2002:114 f.)
In this chapter, you will learn the foundations of R that will enable you to load, process, and store data as well as perform simple and complex text operations. Thus, this chapter prepares you for the linguistic applications in Chapter 4 and the later case study assignments.
Let us first take the most important step: the installation of R (in terms of version numbering, I am referring to R 2.8.0).