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Annotating a corpus of Early Modern English writing for categories of discourse presentation

McIntyre, Dan and Walker, Brian (2012) Annotating a corpus of Early Modern English writing for categories of discourse presentation. In: Unité et diversité de la linguistique. Universite Jean Moulin, Lyon, Lyon, France, pp. 87-107. ISBN 978-2-36442-013-7

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      This article discusses the process of annotating a small corpus of Early Modern English
      writing that we have constructed in order to investigate the diachronic development of
      speech, writing and thought presentation. The work we have done so far is a pilot
      investigation for a planned larger project. We have constructed a corpus of approximately
      40,000 words of Early Modern English (EModE) fiction and news journalism and
      annotated it for categories of discourse presentation (DP) drawn from a model originally
      proposed by Leech and Short (1981). This has allowed us to quantify the types of
      discourse presentation within the corpus and to compare our findings against those from a
      similarly annotated corpus of Present Day English (PDE) writing (reported in Semino and
      Short 2004). Our results so far appear to indicate developing stylistic tendencies in fiction
      and news texts in the Early Modern period, and suggest that it would be profitable to
      extend the project through the construction of a larger corpus incorporating a greater
      number of text-types in order to test our hypotheses more rigorously. In this article we
      concentrate specifically on describing the annotation phase of the project. We discuss the
      criteria by which we defined the various discourse presentation categories in order to
      make clear our analytical methodology, as well as the issues we were confronted with in
      trying to annotate in a systematic and retrievable way. We conclude with some
      preliminary results to illustrate the value of this kind of annotation and suggest some
      hypotheses resulting from this pilot investigation.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      P Language and Literature > PE English
      Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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      Depositing User: Brian Walker
      Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2012 14:52
      Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 14:52


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