Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Taming the Corpus

From Inflection and Lexis to Interpretation

Editors: Fidler, Masako, Cvrček, Václav (Eds.)

  • Bridges the gap between the qualitative and quantitative text analyses by using grammar found in the Czech language as a crucial source of investigation
  • Demonstrates ways in which grammatical markers besides lexis play a crucial role in discourse
  • Provides quantitative studies of texts in a diverse area of the Czech culture
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This book bridges the current quantitative and qualitative text analyses, using grammar as a crucial source of investigation. Taking data from Czech, an inflected language, in which the most optimal conditions to respond to this research question are met, the book expands the understanding of language and text in ways that have not been executed before. For predominantly English-based quantitative research, this volume fills a crucial gap by examining the relationship between inflection and other phenomena (including discourse, translation and literature). For the current qualitative research, the volume provides large empirical data to confirm some of its claims, but more importantly, it demonstrates the important role of detailed grammatical concepts that have not been considered before. Besides addressing fundamental questions about text analysis methods, the volume presents a diverse array of Czech data that are unique in their own right and worthy of dissemination to the general audience. 

Taming the Corpus: From Inflection and Lexis to Interpretation is divided into three sections. Section 1 deals with phonotactics, poetic structure, morphological complexity used to differentiate literary style, and native speakers’ sense of grammaticality – issues pertinent to linguistic typology, cognition and language, and literary studies. Section 2 focuses on inter-language relations, especially the theory of translation. Section 3 demonstrates how quantitative analysis of texts can contribute to our understanding of society and connects the volume to legal language, construction of gender and discourse position and implicit ideology.

About the authors

Masako Fidler received her PhD in Slavic Linguistics at UCLA. She is currently a Professor of Slavic Slavic Studies at Brown University. Fidler's research areas are comparative linguistics, discourse analysis, and cognitive linguistics. Her most current research involves corpus-assisted text analysis of Czech using statistical applications developed at the Institute of the Czech National Corpus at Charles University in Prague. This is a collaborative project with Václav Cvrček at the Institute of the Czech National Corpus at Charles University in Prague. 

Václav Cvrček received his PhD in Mathematical and Corpus Linguistics at Charles University. He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Institute of the Czech National Corpus and Associate Professor at Charles University. His research interests include corpus linguistics, quantitative linguistics, and corpus-assisted discourse studies.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Cvrček, Václav (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Do Users’ Reading Skills and Difficulty Ratings for Texts Affect Choices and Evaluations?

    Bermel, Neil (et al.)

    Pages 11-35

  • Vowel Disharmony in Czech Words and Stems

    Milička, Jiří (et al.)

    Pages 37-61

  • Morphological Richness of Text

    Čech, Radek (et al.)

    Pages 63-77

  • A Collocation-Driven Method of Discovering Rhymes (in Czech, English, and French Poetry)

    Plecháč, Petr

    Pages 79-95

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-98016-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Taming the Corpus
Book Subtitle
From Inflection and Lexis to Interpretation
Editors
  • Masako Fidler
  • Václav Cvrček
Series Title
Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98017-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98017-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98016-4
Series ISSN
2199-0956
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 225
Number of Illustrations
42 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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