About the Book
Introducing Electronic Text Analysis
Introducing Electronic Text Analysis presents the study
of text and discourse carried out with the use of computers. It
offers a practical guide to ways in which the use of computers can
complement more traditional types of text and discourse analysis
along with a range of sample analyses of contemporary English language
The book discusses the underlying principles and concepts relevant
to computer-aided text analysis, many of which are used in the area
of corpus linguistics with the aim of enhancing language descriptions.
It also provides an overview of different types of electronic text
collections including both spoken and written English.
Introducing a number of key analytical techniques, such as the
study of concordance data and frequency information, Svenja Adolphs
then looks at a range of applied contexts in which computer-aided
text analysis plays an increasingly prominent role. These include
the exploration of literary texts, the study of ideology in text
and discourse, and the use of electronic text analysis in the English
Language Teaching context, all of which are complemented with a
discussion of further fields of application in the final chapter.
With abundant illustrative examples and a glossary of definitions
of main concepts, this book provides an accessible and thorough
understanding of the underlying principles of electronic text analysis
and is supported by a companion website with links to online corpora
so that students can apply their knowledge to further study.