This book unites a range of approaches to the collection and digitization of diverse language corpora. Its specific focus is on best practices identified in the exploitation of these resources in landmark impact initiatives across different parts of the globe. The development of increasingly accessible digital corpora has coincided with improvements in the standards governing the collection, encoding and archiving of 'Big Data'. Less attention has been paid to the importance of developing standards for enriching and preserving other types of corpus data, such as that which captures the nuances of regional dialects, for example. This book takes these best practices ather step forward by addressing invative methods for enhancing and exploiting specialized corpora so that they become accessible to wider audiences beyond the academy.
Karen P. Corrigan is Professor of Linguistics and English Language at Newcastle University. She has previously lectured at University College, Dublin and the Universities of Edinburgh and York (UK). She co-edited the two previous volumes in this collection and is author of Irish English, Volume 1: Northern Ireland (2010). Adam Mearns is Lecturer in the History of the English Language at Newcastle University. He has previously taught at the Universities of Sheffield and Leeds and at Northumbria University. Recent publications have focused on the dialect of Tyneside and the concept of the supernatural in Old English.
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43 black & white illustrations, 9 colour illustrations, 10 black & white tables, biography