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LINGUIST List 18.954

Thu Mar 29 2007

FYI: Corpus-Linguistic Newsgroup

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        1.    Stefan Stefan Th. Gries, Corpus-Linguistic Newsgroup

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Message 1: Corpus-Linguistic Newsgroup
Date: 29-Mar-2007
From: Stefan Stefan Th. Gries <stgriesgmail.com>
Subject: Corpus-Linguistic Newsgroup

This is to alert you to a new mailing newsgroup, which may be of relevance
to you. This group is concerned with corpus-linguistic applications of what
I consider the corpus linguist's Swiss Army Knife.


It has the following characteristics that make it the ideal tool for any
corpus linguist:

- It is a full-fledged programming language, i.e. it has hardly any
restrictions on what corpus linguists can do with it and can therefore be
used to generate all essential corpus-linguistic output formats (frequency
lists, concordances, and collocation displays) as well as many other things
no ready-made tool can provide;

-As a programming language, it leaves the user in charge of retrieval
settings rather than sometimes difficult-to-identify program settings - but
at the same time R is much easier to handle than languages such as Perl or
Python, which many find too daunting to learn;

- R's capabilities for statistical and graphical analyses of corpus data
excel over manual or spreadsheet-based evaluation;

- It is open source software for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux/Unix;

-There is a lively research community out there, constantly developing new
stuff and providing the ideal basis for scientific exchange.

R has also become increasingly popular in the general linguistics
community, as is evidenced by a variety of textbooks that are about to be
published both in corpus linguistics and statistics for linguistics. Hoping
to be able to contribute to this lively research community, I here provide
some details about the new mailing group:

- its name: CorpLing with R;
- its URL: http://groups.google.com/group/corpling-with-r;
- its primary purpose: this group is concerned with using R for corpus
linguistics; thus, postings on loading, searching, and processing all kinds
of corpora (with/without regular expressions), performing
statistical/graphical analyses of corpus data are more than welcome.

Feel free to have a look at the list or, even better, sign up to post
questions, comments, suggestions, and the like.


Stefan Th. Gries

University of California, Santa Barbara

Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics

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