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Exploring natural language: working with the British component of the international corpus of English

Nelson, G.; Wallis, S.; Aarts, B.; (2002) Exploring natural language: working with the British component of the international corpus of English. Varieties of English around the World: Vol.G29. John Benjamins Publishing Company: Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Abstract

ICE-GB is a 1 million-word corpus of contemporary British English. It is fully parsed, and contains over 83,000 syntactic trees. Together with the dedicated retrieval software, ICECUP, ICE-GB is an unprecedented resource for the study of English syntax. Exploring Natural Language is a comprehensive guide to both corpus and software. It contains a full reference for ICE-GB. The chapters on ICECUP provide complete instructions on the use of the many features of the software, including concordancing, lexical and grammatical searches, sociolinguistic queries, random sampling, and searching for syntactic structures using ICECUP's Fuzzy Tree Fragment models. Special attention is given to the principles of experimental design in a parsed corpus. Six case studies provide step-by-step illustrations of how the corpus and software can be used to explore real linguistic issues, from simple lexical studies to more complex syntactic topics, such as noun phrase structure, verb transitivity, and voice.

Type:Book
Title:Exploring natural language: working with the British component of the international corpus of English
ISBN-13:9789027248886
Publisher version:http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=VEAW G29
Language:English
Additional information:Varieties of English Around the World is a companion monograph series devoted to sociolinguistic research, surveys and annotated text collections. ISSN 01727362
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > English Language and Literature

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