Die Sprache und ihre Wissenschaft zwischen Tradition und Innovation / Language and its Study between Tradition and Innovation
Akten des 45. Linguistischen Kolloquiums in Veszprém 2010- Proceedings of the 45 th Linguistics Colloquium, Veszprém 2010
Edited By József Tóth
This volume presents 34 papers delivered at the 45th Linguistics Colloquium in Veszprém (Hungary) from 16th to 18th September, 2010. The authors deal with older and newer fields of work in linguistics as well as their innovative results. The international composition of the participants and the various methodological positions and aspects of the academic activities in linguistics offer the possibility of a broad field of research. Apart from Applied Linguistics, Intercultural Linguistics, Pragmatics, Lexicology, Semantics, Contact Linguistics and Grammaticography, the book also presents Foreign Language Didactics. Moreover, the book suggests topics for future research.
Annie Houle – Jacques Ladouceur: Natural Language Processing Applied to Justice: Authorship Analysis of Short Texts Written in French
Natural Language Processing Applied to Justice: Authorship Analysis of Short Texts Written in French
Annie Houle – Jacques Ladouceur
This paper sets out to evaluate the range of natural language processing help in French forensic authorship analysis. The aim is to identify the advantages and limits of automated assistance for a quantitative text analysis based on markers of style. Literature about authorship attribution and forensic linguistics helped us to choose relevant markers related to vocabulary diversity, distribution of lexical categories and punctuation, and readability. The recognition of the variables used for those markers has been automated, and the analysis was applied to a corpus made of propaganda texts shorter than 1,200 words. Here, we present results from a preliminary analysis.
For some people, the name of Tim Evans calls to mind a ballad written in 1953 by Ewan McColl; for others, Evans was a character in a film noir from the 70’s called 10 Rillington Place. For British people, the name of Tim Evans is especially important, since it is the symbol of the abolition of capital punishment in their country. For linguists, the case of Timothy Evans, an intellectually disabled man wrongly accused and executed for his daughter’s murder, is also the official front door of a new application of language sciences. The Evans Statements, published in 1968 by Jan Svartvik, includes the first occurrence of the expression forensic linguistics. Of course, linguistics had been used in...
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