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Corpus linguistics 25+years on

Svartvik, Jan LU (2007) ICAME 25 In Corpus Linguistics 25 Years On p.11-25
Abstract
In the history of English language research on computerised corpora, the year 1977 marks an important event with the birth of ICAME - the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English - which set off international co-operation on a large scale. The use of computer corpora, from being a fringe activity, has become a mainstream methodology. Yet there was corpus life also before ICAME. I have sometimes been asked why, in the unsupportive linguistic environment of the 1960s, I chose to become 'a corpus linguist' - there might have been moments when being so named felt like discovering your name on the passenger list for the Titanic. This contribution is very much a personal memoir of those early days when the first corpora were... (More)
In the history of English language research on computerised corpora, the year 1977 marks an important event with the birth of ICAME - the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English - which set off international co-operation on a large scale. The use of computer corpora, from being a fringe activity, has become a mainstream methodology. Yet there was corpus life also before ICAME. I have sometimes been asked why, in the unsupportive linguistic environment of the 1960s, I chose to become 'a corpus linguist' - there might have been moments when being so named felt like discovering your name on the passenger list for the Titanic. This contribution is very much a personal memoir of those early days when the first corpora were being compiled when computers were rare, expensive, unreliable and inaccessible to ordinary folk - huge machines located inside glass doors and operated by engineers dressed in white coats, and when CD only stood for Corps Diplomatique. (Less)
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Corpus Linguistics 25 Years On
editor
Facchinetti, Roberta and
issue
62
pages
11 - 25
publisher
Rodopi
conference name
ICAME 25
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  • wos:000246928600001
ISSN
0921-5034
ISBN
978-90-420-2195-2
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English
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  abstract     = {In the history of English language research on computerised corpora, the year 1977 marks an important event with the birth of ICAME - the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English - which set off international co-operation on a large scale. The use of computer corpora, from being a fringe activity, has become a mainstream methodology. Yet there was corpus life also before ICAME. I have sometimes been asked why, in the unsupportive linguistic environment of the 1960s, I chose to become 'a corpus linguist' - there might have been moments when being so named felt like discovering your name on the passenger list for the Titanic. This contribution is very much a personal memoir of those early days when the first corpora were being compiled when computers were rare, expensive, unreliable and inaccessible to ordinary folk - huge machines located inside glass doors and operated by engineers dressed in white coats, and when CD only stood for Corps Diplomatique.},
  author       = {Svartvik, Jan},
  booktitle    = {Corpus Linguistics 25 Years On},
  editor       = {Facchinetti, Roberta},
  isbn         = {978-90-420-2195-2},
  issn         = {0921-5034},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {62},
  pages        = {11--25},
  publisher    = {Rodopi},
  title        = {Corpus linguistics 25+years on},
  year         = {2007},
}