LINGUIST List 8.1726

Mon Dec 1 1997

Qs: Lang Analysis/Corpus Size,Gender,Speech/Hearing

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  1. David W. Smith, Language Analysis and Corpus Size
  2. Gerhard Leitner, Language, Gender, Sexuality
  3. Charles C-J Lin, Speech & Hearing Science Resources

Message 1: Language Analysis and Corpus Size

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 21:05:57 -0800
From: David W. Smith <>
Subject: Language Analysis and Corpus Size

Would anyone like to give their thoughts on the following issue I am
grappling with at the moment? One critique of quantitative/
computer-assisted analysis of language or texts is that this method
produces results by breaking down the material into chunks, thus
resulting in a split between form and meaning. Is it possible to meet
this criticism through the analysis of a sufficiently large text corpus?
This is a central aspect of what I am grappling with. What is a 'large
enough' text size or corpus? How large does the text or corpus have to
be before you can confidently address the matter of meaning?

Thanks for any help. 


David Smith

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Bath
England BA2 6EB

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Message 2: Language, Gender, Sexuality

Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 13:36:34 +0100 (MET)
From: Gerhard Leitner <>
Subject: Language, Gender, Sexuality

An M.A. student at the Department of English, Free University Berlin, wishes
to write a thesis on gender differences in writing on (narrating) sexuality.
The topic is of course related to language and gender in general but
addresses a more specific issue.

What we would like to know if there have been or are projects, theses, etc.
underway; if there is relevant literature on English-speaking countries or
other countries, cultures, and languages.

We promise a summary once information has come in and thank you'all in advance.

Gerhard Leitner
(Professor of English Linguistics
Department of English
Free University Berlin
Gosslerstr. 2-4
14195 Berlin
fax: 49-30-838 723 23
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Message 3: Speech & Hearing Science Resources

Date: Tue, 2 Dec 1997 10:04:30 +0800
From: Charles C-J Lin <>
Subject: Speech & Hearing Science Resources

I'm sending this mail in request of any recommendable textbooks,
websites, internet resources and syllubuses concerning courses on
"speech and hearing science", specifically focusing on "anatomy and
physiology". Materials concerning speech pathology, and speech
communication are also welcome. I will post a summary after a certain
amount of information is received. Thank you very much.

Charles Lin

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Charles Chien-Jer Lin
Graduate Program in Linguistics, National ChenChi University, TAIWAN
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