Choosing the best tools for comparative analyses of texts

Mollet, Eugene, Wray, Alison, Fitzpatrick, Tess, Wray, Naomi R. and Wright, Margaret J. (2010) Choosing the best tools for comparative analyses of texts. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 15 4: 429-473. doi:10.1075/ijcl.15.4.01mol

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Author Mollet, Eugene
Wray, Alison
Fitzpatrick, Tess
Wray, Naomi R.
Wright, Margaret J.
Title Choosing the best tools for comparative analyses of texts
Journal name International Journal of Corpus Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1384-6655
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/ijcl.15.4.01mol
Volume 15
Issue 4
Start page 429
End page 473
Total pages 45
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher John Benjamins Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract What measurements should linguists use when comparing texts written by different writers? We report aspects of a systematic evaluation of 381 different language measures derived from 200 analytic tools, carried out during the pilot for a study exploring genetic contributions to language variation. The measures covered lexis, structure, meaning, and discourse features, and were evaluated with a focus on capturing numerically the qualitative features that linguists consider central to differentiating one text from another. We review principles for selecting analytic tools, and the choices faced by the researcher in processing and analysing data. We then identify and demonstrate five of the measures, which between them provide a useful profile of different linguistic features, and note correlations with psychometric measures taken for each writer. We conclude with some caveats regarding general issues of validity and some indications about potential links between our work and research into authorship attribution for forensic purposes. © John Benjamins Publishing Company.
Keyword Text analysis
Quantitative analysis
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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