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Media: Culturomics - A Google Application for Studying Language

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        1.     Mark Davies , Culturomics - A Google Application for Studying Language

Message 1: Culturomics - A Google Application for Studying Language
Date: 18-Dec-2010
From: Mark Davies <mark_daviesbyu.edu>
Subject: Culturomics - A Google Application for Studying Language
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'Culturomics' (http://www.culturomics.org) and the new Google Books
interface (http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/) have been widely featured in
newspapers and magazines for the last day or two (see
http://www.culturomics.org/cultural-observatory-at-harvard/papers). The
resource allows you to search 500 billion words of text to see changes in
the frequency of words and phrases, and thus changes in American society,
culture, and (presumably) language as well.

We have created a page (http://corpus.byu.edu/coha/compare-culturomics.asp)
that compares Google Books / Culturomics to the new 400 million word,
NEH-funded Corpus of Historical American English [COHA]
(http://corpus.byu.edu/coha/). It discusses how Google Books is nice for
exact words and phrases; but of the two, COHA is the only tool that really
allows you to look at a wide range of changes - lexical, morphological,
syntactic, and semantic.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Lexicography
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

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