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Introducing the Lancaster-Northern Arizona Corpus (LANA), a new corpus of spoken and written American English

We are thrilled to announce the Lancaster-Northern Arizona Corpus (LANA), a new corpus of spoken and written American English that will be freely available for non-commercial research upon completion. We hope that this corpus will enable linguists to carry out descriptive studies of spoken and written American English as well as to improve language teaching,Continue reading “Introducing the Lancaster-Northern Arizona Corpus (LANA), a new corpus of spoken and written American English”

On the perils of opaque measures and why we should care

In this post, we expand on a point made in the Element, namely the importance of ensuring linguistic interpretability of measures and variables. While linguistic interpretability, we argue, is important for all kinds of linguistics studies, it is especially important for studies that focus on linguistic description. Let’s unpack this a little. Biber et al.Continue reading “On the perils of opaque measures and why we should care”

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