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Specialisation and Variation in Language Corpora


Edited By Ana Diaz-Negrillo and Francisco Javier Diaz-Pérez

Corpus linguistics was initiated with the compilation and exploitation of native English reference corpora. Over the past years, corpus linguistics has experienced such a great expansion and specialisation that a variety of languages, registers, text types and speakers are now represented in language corpora. This volume intends to give evidence of the extraordinary expansion that corpus linguistics and language corpora have undergone. It focuses on emerging types of corpora and corpus techniques, and also presents corpus-based studies in areas which have benefited from the recent developments in corpus linguistics methods and techniques, including foreign language teaching, language acquisition, translation and terminology dialectology, lexicography and language variation. The volume comprises 11 papers on technical aspects of corpus data processing, on corpus-based linguistic research, and on emerging corpora. It is structured in three main sections, one for each of the three latter aspects.
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An author dictionary on Attila József’s oeuvre: Attila Mártonfi



An author dictionary on Attila József’s œuvre


Attila József (1905–1937) is one of the most renowned poets of the 20th century in Hungary. A classic, slip-note-based author dictionary on his poetic œuvre was proposed some decades ago with the aim of compiling his poetry. However, this attempt failed to fulfill its goal. The present project has taken up this enterprise again, and this time it aims to cover the entire œuvre by Attila József using corpus-based methods. This paper aims to describe the various procedures involved the elaboration of Attila József’s author dictionary, and to show how corpus-based methods can contribute to the compilation of the dictionary. Corpus-based methods are particularly useful in processing the great number of variant word-forms contained in Attile József’s poetry, and also to define the semantic structure of the lemmas, as well as to set the definitions and quotations, in the dictionary entries. They are also useful to obtain multidimensional statistics of the frequencies of the paradigmatic forms according to the genre and the date of along with the variants of the given word-form. Finally, a corpus-based analysis of texts in the various genres contained in the writer’s work will also make possible to compare the different registers represented in the author’s literature. The second half of the paper describes the information contained in each dictionary entry, and also other components in the dictionary, like an appendix containing statistical...

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