Download e-book for iPad: Creating and Digitizing Language Corpora, Volume 1: by Joan C. Beal, Karen P. Corrigan, Hermann L. Moisl

By Joan C. Beal, Karen P. Corrigan, Hermann L. Moisl

A variety of digital corpora has develop into more and more obtainable through the WWW and CD-ROM. This improvement coincided with advancements within the criteria governing the amassing, encoding and archiving of such facts. much less awareness, even though, has been paid to creating different varieties of electronic info on hand. this can be very true of that which one may well describe as 'unconventional', specifically, dialects, baby language and bilingual databases. This booklet is a primary step towards constructing comparable criteria for enriching and protecting those missed assets.

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The quality is much reduced compared to the original, but this is necessary 26 Jean Anderson, Dave Beavan and Christian Kay for delivery to users over the internet. QuickTime provides streaming access so users can jump to any point in the file for playback. 4 Administration system Our requirements were for a system that could give access to the entire data set, including the document contents, from one interface. Tight controls on validation and other rules regarding the integrity of the data must be possible.

Since contributors can give as much or as little information about themselves as they choose when submitting material, they have total control over what is publicly or privately known about them. If they wish public recognition, as most of the creative writers do, they can, of course, be named as authors. Currently, if a search is performed using a word as a criterion, any matching documents have that word highlighted. One of our priorities for the current phase of the project is to extend this facility and offer users an online concordance.

Our primary interest is sociolinguistic, matching linguistic patterns to social and demographic categories. Our current chronological cut-off point is 1940, though earlier materials may be included if they are of special interest or contribute to filling gaps. Our informants are not 17 18 Jean Anderson, Dave Beavan and Christian Kay limited to native speakers, since anyone who has lived in Scotland for a substantial period of time may well have been influenced by Scots or Scottish English. Information on place of birth and residence is available in the corpus metadata.

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