LINGUIST List 12.2075

Tue Aug 21 2001

Qs: Mood & Modality, Grammar Checkers

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  1. sharbani, Mood & Modality
  2. Michael Erard, Grammar checkers for linguistic purposes

Message 1: Mood & Modality

Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 10:56:17 +0530
From: sharbani <>
Subject: Mood & Modality

Dear All,

I am looking for literature on Mood and Modality papers which give a
syntactico-semantic analysis of the subject. I'll be extremely
grateful if the relevant papers can be emailed to me by file
attachment, or websites suggested, so that I can download the paper(s)
from there. Or, hard copies can be mailed at the contact address given
below. If you just give me the references, I am afraid, it would not be
of much help, because in India, I won't be able to find the
literature. I'll post the summary of course.

Sharbani Banerji
(Contact address):
D-84, 'Matri Mandir',
Sector-IX, New Vijay Nagar,
Ghaziabad-201,009, U.P.

 C/o Centre for Applied Linguistics & Translation Studies
University of Hyderabad,
Hyderabad-500,046, India.
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Message 2: Grammar checkers for linguistic purposes

Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2001 14:58:34 -0500
From: Michael Erard <>
Subject: Grammar checkers for linguistic purposes

I recently saw that a U.S. historian used the grammar checker on her 
word processing application to compare two sets of texts with 
different authors. She used the checker to identify grammatical 
errors in the two corpuses, then identify the author of a single text 
by matching the errors. (She was looking for evidence that the 
phrase "manifest destiny" was not coined by John O'Sullivan, as the 
history books have it, but by Jane Cazneau.)

Does anyone have other examples of how such readily available 
features of word processing applications have been used, on a planned 
or ad hoc basis, for sophisticated textual analyses and/or bulk 
corpus analyses?

If there's significant response, I'll post to the list.

Thanks in advance.

Michael Erard
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