This chapter addresses linguistic analysis, including word-class tagging. It looks at some possibilities for analysing text beyond the level of the graphic word or sequence of characters, focusing on what can be done with simple concordance tools. The use of concordances and other computer-based tools for linguistic analysis developed rapidly in the 1990s and is now generally known as corpus linguistics. Word-class tagging and other forms of annotation can enhance these corpora, offering more sophisticated analyses. Most of the applications discussed in this chapter are based on language corpora, but they are just as relevant for specific literary or other humanities texts. New tools developed in corpus linguistics are gradually beginning to feed into better techniques for literary analysis.
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