The application of growth curve modeling for the analysis of diachronic corpora

The application of growth curve modeling for the analysis of diachronic corpora This paper introduces growth curve modeling for the analysis of language change in corpus linguistics. In addition to describing growth curve modeling, which is a regression-based method for studying the dynamics of a set of variables measured over time, we demonstrate the technique through an analysis of the relative frequencies of words that are increasing or decreasing over time in a multi-billion word diachronic corpus of Twitter. This analysis finds that increasing words tend to follow a trajectory similar to the s-curve of language change, whereas decreasing words tend to follow a decelerated trajectory, thereby showing how growth curve modeling can be used to uncover and describe underlying patterns of language change in diachronic corpora. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Dynamics and Change Brill

The application of growth curve modeling for the analysis of diachronic corpora

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2210-5824
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2210-5832
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10.1163/22105832-00701001
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Abstract

This paper introduces growth curve modeling for the analysis of language change in corpus linguistics. In addition to describing growth curve modeling, which is a regression-based method for studying the dynamics of a set of variables measured over time, we demonstrate the technique through an analysis of the relative frequencies of words that are increasing or decreasing over time in a multi-billion word diachronic corpus of Twitter. This analysis finds that increasing words tend to follow a trajectory similar to the s-curve of language change, whereas decreasing words tend to follow a decelerated trajectory, thereby showing how growth curve modeling can be used to uncover and describe underlying patterns of language change in diachronic corpora.

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Language Dynamics and ChangeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2017

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