Strategies in tracing linguistic variation in a corpus of Old Irish texts (CorPH)

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​Stifter, David, Fangzhe Qiu, Marco A. Aquino-López, Bernhard Bauer, Elliott Lash, and Nora White. "Strategies in tracing linguistic variation in a corpus of Old Irish texts (CorPH)​." ​International Journal of Corpus Linguistics ​27, no. 4 (2022): ​529​-553​. ​https://doi.org/10.1075/ijcl.22018.sti.

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Stifter, David; Qiu, Fangzhe; Aquino-López, Marco A.; Bauer, Bernhard; Lash, Elliott; White, Nora
Abstract
Abstract This article introduces Corpus PalaeoHibernicum (CorPH), a corpus currently consisting of 78 texts in Early Irish (c. 7th–10th cent.) created by the ERC-funded Chronologicon Hibernicum ( ChronHib ) project by bringing together pre-existing lexical and syntactic databases and adding further crucial texts from the period. In addition to being annotated for POS, morphological and syntactic information, another layer of annotation has been developed for CorPH – ‘Variation Tagging’, i.e. a tagset that numerically encodes synchronic language variation during the Early Irish period, thus allowing for much improved research on the chronological variation among the material. Another new pillar of studying linguistic variation is Bayesian Language Variation Analysis (BLaVA), in order to address the challenge that “not-so-big data” poses to statistical corpus methods. Instead of reflecting feature frequencies, BLaVA models language variation as probabilities of variation.
Issue Date
2022
Journal
International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 
Organization
Sprachwissenschaftliches Seminar ; Philosophische Fakultät 
ISSN
1384-6655
eISSN
1569-9811
Language
English

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