Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology
In this assignment, students will learn basic methods in corpus linguistics, an emerging field at the intersection of humanities and quantitative social science. They will learn how to search large English language corpora (e.g., the 900 million word Cambridge International Corpus) to look for otherwise hidden patterns of language use. They will be able to track the emergence of new words, shifts in meaning in existing words, and note the obsolescence of some words. They will interpret their findings in light of how language usage reflects societal attitudes and social change.
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K. David Harrison and Jamie A. Thomas.
"Getting Started with COCA".
Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistic Anthropology.
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"Race, Age, and "Hipsterdom" in the COCA" by Celine Anderson '19