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Changes in society and language: charting poverty


Schneider, Gerold (2020). Changes in society and language: charting poverty. In: Rautinaho, Paula; Nurmi, Arja; Klemola, Juhani. Corpora and the changing society: studies in the evolution of English. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, 29-56.

Abstract

This study addresses how societal and linguistic changes can be detected using historical corpora, with the topics of poverty and industrial revolution as a case study, based on large historical corpora, in particular EEBO, and CLMET3.0. The results, based on a rich array of state-of-the art statistical approaches (such as kernel density estimation), show how poverty, industrial revolution, and urbanization are associated through, for instance, the associations of war, religion, family, poverty, and suffering. The study also discusses the importance of data size and cleanness, the temptations of distant reading and the necessity for validating the discovered patterns in close reading and distant reading in interaction.

Abstract

This study addresses how societal and linguistic changes can be detected using historical corpora, with the topics of poverty and industrial revolution as a case study, based on large historical corpora, in particular EEBO, and CLMET3.0. The results, based on a rich array of state-of-the art statistical approaches (such as kernel density estimation), show how poverty, industrial revolution, and urbanization are associated through, for instance, the associations of war, religion, family, poverty, and suffering. The study also discusses the importance of data size and cleanness, the temptations of distant reading and the necessity for validating the discovered patterns in close reading and distant reading in interaction.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Center for Linguistics
08 Research Priority Programs > Digital Society Initiative
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Language
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:English Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Topic Modeling, Kernel Density Estimation, Digital Humanities
Language:English
Date:July 2020
Deposited On:17 Feb 2020 14:19
Last Modified:07 Apr 2020 07:26
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
Series Name:Studies in Corpus Linguistics
Number:96
ISSN:1388-0373
ISBN:9789027205438
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/scl.96.02sch
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/catalog/scl.96.02sch (Publisher)

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