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Title: Text Variability Measures in Corpus Design for Setswana Lexicography
Written By: Thapelo Joseph Otlogetswe
Description:

This book is about the design of a Setswana corpus for lexicography. While
various corpora have been compiled and a variety of corpora-based research
has been attempted in African languages, no effort has been made towards
corpus design. Additionally, although extensive analysis of the Setswana
language has been done by missionaries, grammarians and linguists since
the 1800s, none of this research is in corpus design. Most research has been
largely on the grammatical study of the language. The recent corpora
research in African languages in general has been on the use of corpora for
the compilation of dictionaries and little of it is in corpus design. Pioneers of
this kind of corpora research in African languages are Prinsloo and De
Schryver (1999), De Schryver and Prisloo (2000 and 2001) and Gouws and
Prisloo (2005). Because of a lack of research in corpora design particularly in
African languages, this book attempts to fill that gap, especially for
Setswana. It is hoped that the finding of this study will inspire similar designs
in other languages comparable to Setswana. We explore corpus design by
focusing on measuring a variety of text types for lexical richness at
comparable token points. The study explores the question of whether a
corpus compiled for lexicography must comprise a variety of texts drawn
from different text types or whether the quality of retrieved information for
lexicographic purposes from a corpus comprising diverse text varieties could
be equally extracted from a corpus with a single text type. This study
therefore determines whether linguistic variability is crucial in corpus design
for lexicography.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
Lexicography
Subject Language(s): Tswana
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781443826372
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