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Media: Culturomics article in 'Science' Journal

Submitter: Paul Chapin

Submitter Email: pgchapin@gmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

Media Body: An interesting article on corpus linguistics by Jean-Baptiste Michel and 13
co-authors in the January 14, 2011 issue of Science, the Journal of
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Entitled 'Quantitative
Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books', the article
contains a set of exercises in 'Culturomics', which is the area of research
that utilizes the Google corpus of over five million digitized books. Two
of the studies are directly linguistic and involve the size of the English
lexicon and the evolution of English irregular verbs.

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Issue Number: 22.488
Date Posted: January 22, 2011

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