Exploring Natural Language

Exploring Natural Language : Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English

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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.show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 149.9 x 215.9 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112713
  • 9781588112712

Table of contents

1. Series editor's introduction; 2. Foreword; 3. Preface; 4. Part 1: Introducing the corpus; 5. 1. Introducing ICE-GB; 6. 2. The ICE-GB grammar; 7. Part 2: Exploring the corpus; 8. 3. Introducing the ICE corpus utility program (ICECUP); 9. 4. Browsing the corpus; 10. 5. Fuzzy tree fragments and text queries; 11. 6. Combining queries; 12. 7. Advanced facilities in ICECUP 3.1; 13. Part 3: Performing research with the corpus; 14. 8. Case studies using ICE-GB; 15. 9. Principles of experimental design with a parsed corpus; 16. Part 4: The future of the corpus; 17. 10. Future prospects; 18. References; 19. Appendix 1. ICE text categories and codes; 20. Appendix 2. Sources of ICE-GB texts; 21. Appendix 3. Bibliographical and biographical variables; 22. Appendix 4. Structural markup symbols; 23. Appendix 5. A quick reference guide to the ice grammar; 24. Appendix 6. Special characters used in ICE-GB; 25. Indexshow more

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