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Quantitative Corpus Linguistics with R by Stefan Th. Gries

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4Using R in Corpus Linguistics

Now that corpus linguistics is turning more and more into an integral part of mainstream linguistics, […] we have to face the challenge of complementing the amazing efforts in the compilation, annotation and analysis of corpora with a powerful statistical toolkit and of making intelligent use of the quantitative methods that are available.

(Mukherjee 2007:141)

In this chapter, you will learn how the functions introduced in Chapter 3 can be applied to the central tasks of a corpus linguist, namely to retrieve and process linguistic data to generate frequency lists, concordances, and collocate displays. Unfortunately, the number of different formats of corpora as well as the number of different tasks you might wish ...

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