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Exploring Newspaper Language

Using the web to create and investigate a large corpus of modern Norwegian

Exploring Newspaper Language by Gisle Andersen
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Retrieving linguistic data from earlier stages of languages is a notoriously difficult task. Using large electronic corpora combined with data on frequency this task can to some extent be solved. In this article I focus on the use of token frequency as described in functional Grammaticalization Theory. Deverbal nouns are non-prototypical members of the noun class. As they get older they tend to develop into more prototypical nouns. In Grammaticalization Theory this process is called lexicalization. This was tested on some zero suffix nouns in the Norwegian newspaper corpus in 2004 using modern texts only. In this article I test these findings using older texts from the same corpus.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; March 2012
362 pages; ISBN 9789027274991
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Title: Exploring Newspaper Language
Author: Gisle Andersen