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Query Details

Query Subject:   Corpus Linguistics/Frequency Data
Author:   Peyton Todd
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Text/Corpus Linguistics

Query:   Can someone please recommend a good book (or good books) on corpus
linguistics? That may not be the right question. What I'm after, actually,
is a way to answer questions of a type which occur to me frequently:

What is the frequency of construction X in language Y?

That is, I want to approach it mainly in the role of consumer. Is there a
single book (or relatively few) which answer that sort of question for a
wide variety of whatever I might choose for X and Y (or am I just dreaming
here)? At this point, I'm mostly interested in English, Chinese, and ASL
(surely there is nothing yet for ASL, but I thought I'd ask). And mostly in
natural conversation, although of course comparisons between genres and
registers are of interest as well.

Also, since I don't expect such a book to answer everything, how does one
conduct one of these corpus searches I keep reading about? Is there a book
that explains how to do that?

Thanks in advance for your help,
Peyton Todd
LL Issue: 18.2793
Date posted: 26-Sep-2007


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