Introducing Electronic Text Analysis

A Practical Guide for Language and Literary Studies

By Svenja Adolphs

© 2006 – Routledge

176 pages

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About the Book

Introducing Electronic Text Analysis is a practical and much needed introduction to corpora – bodies of linguistic data. Written specifically for students studying this topic for the first time, the book begins with a discussion of the underlying principles of electronic text analysis. It then examines how these corpora enhance our understanding of literary and non-literary works.

In the first section the author introduces the concepts of concordance and lexical frequency, concepts which are then applied to a range of areas of language study. Key areas examined are the use of on-line corpora to complement traditional stylistic analysis, and the ways in which methods such as concordance and frequency counts can reveal a particular ideology within a text.

Presenting an accessible and thorough understanding of the underlying principles of electronic text analysis, the book contains abundant illustrative examples and a glossary with definitions of main concepts. It will also be supported by a companion website with links to on-line corpora so that students can apply their knowledge to further study.

The accompanying website to this book can be found at http://www.routledge.com/textbooks/0415320216

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Electronic Text Resources 3. Exploring Frequencies in Texts: Basic Techniques 4. Exploring Words and Phrases in Use: Basic Techniques 5. The Electronic Analysis of Literary Texts 6. Electronic Text Analysis, Language and Ideology 7. Language Teaching Applications 8. Further Fields of Application

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General