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LINGUIST List 21.2842

Thu Jul 08 2010

FYI: Database of Possessive NPs in English and Swedish

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        1.    David Denison, Database of Possessive NPs in English and Swedish

Message 1: Database of Possessive NPs in English and Swedish
Date: 06-Jul-2010
From: David Denison <david.denisonmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Database of Possessive NPs in English and Swedish
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The project "Germanic possessive -'s: an empirical, historical and
theoretical study" announces the release of a searchable online database of
possessive constructions in English and Swedish, freely available to the
research community from the project web page:


The database contains the possessive constructions found in two corpora of
spoken language:

* British English: the spoken component of the British National Corpus (c.
10 million words)
* Swedish: the Gothenburg Spoken Language Corpus (c. 1.2 million words)

There are some 44,000 records of possessive NPs, searchable according to a
wide range of criteria. Results can be sorted, viewed on-screen in
complete sentences, or downloaded. The British data can be viewed with or
without the BNC word class tags (and there are hyperlinks to BNCweb for
users of that interface). There is an on-screen description and contextual
help. Web programming is by Christopher White.

The project ran 2006-9, supported by the AHRC, with principal investigators
Kersti Börjars and David Denison and research associate Alan Scott. See
the project site for further information and a list of publications.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics; Typology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Swedish (swe)
Language Family(ies): Germanic

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