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

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:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General