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Query Details


Query Subject:   Reliability of Internet for Linguistic Purposes
Author:   Denis Kazakov
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Computational Linguistics

Query:   A few weeks ago I saw somebody mentioning that he used Google to see how
some English phrases are used or something.
I often use Alta Vista or Yahoo in my work as a translator to find out ''if
it is said this way in such and such language.''
Does anybody have any data on the validity of such searches? Do they have
any quantitative value?
Any other data on the use of the Internet search engines for linguistic
purposes?
Best regards,
Denis Kazakov.
LL Issue: 12.1527
Date posted: 10-Jun-2001



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