Language evolution and the spread of ideas on the Web: A procedure for identifying emergent hybrid word family members

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26896
Title:
Language evolution and the spread of ideas on the Web: A procedure for identifying emergent hybrid word family members
Authors:
Thelwall, Mike; Price, Liz
Abstract:
Word usage is of interest to linguists for its own sake as well as to social scientists and others who seek to track the spread of ideas, for example, in public debates over political decisions. The historical evolution of language can be analyzed with the tools of corpus linguistics through evolving corpora and the Web. But word usage statistics can only be gathered for known words. In this article, techniques are described and tested for identifying new words from the Web, focusing on the case when the words are related to a topic and have a hybrid form with a common sequence of letters. The results highlight the need to employ a combination of search techniques and show the wide potential of hybrid word family investigations in linguistics and social science.
Citation:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57 (10): 1326 - 1337
Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/26896
DOI:
10.1002/asi.20437
Additional Links:
http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/112650748/abstract
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
15322882; 15322890
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike-
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Liz-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-19T16:32:45Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-19T16:32:45Z-
dc.date.issued2006-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 57 (10): 1326 - 1337en
dc.identifier.issn15322882-
dc.identifier.issn15322890-
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/asi.20437-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/26896-
dc.description.abstractWord usage is of interest to linguists for its own sake as well as to social scientists and others who seek to track the spread of ideas, for example, in public debates over political decisions. The historical evolution of language can be analyzed with the tools of corpus linguistics through evolving corpora and the Web. But word usage statistics can only be gathered for known words. In this article, techniques are described and tested for identifying new words from the Web, focusing on the case when the words are related to a topic and have a hybrid form with a common sequence of letters. The results highlight the need to employ a combination of search techniques and show the wide potential of hybrid word family investigations in linguistics and social science.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWileyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/112650748/abstracten
dc.subjectLinguisticsen
dc.subjectWord usageen
dc.subjectInternet useen
dc.subjectWebometricsen
dc.subjectLanguage evolutionen
dc.subjectInformation disseminationen
dc.titleLanguage evolution and the spread of ideas on the Web: A procedure for identifying emergent hybrid word family membersen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the American Society for Information Science and Technologyen
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