Analyzing lexical emergence in modern American English online

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This paper introduces a quantitative method for identifying newly emerging word forms in large time-stamped corpora of natural language and then describes an analysis of lexical emergence in American social media using this method based on a multi-billion word corpus of Tweets collected between October 2013 and November 2014. In total 29 emerging word forms, which represent various semantic classes, grammatical parts-of speech, and word formations processes, were identified through this analysis. These 29 forms are then examined from various perspectives in order to begin to better understand the process of lexical emergence.



Original languageEnglish
Number of pages29
JournalEnglish Language and Linguistics
VolumeIn press
Early online date25 May 2016
StateE-pub ahead of print - 25 May 2016

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CORRIGENDUM: In the above mentioned article by Grieve, Nini & Guo, an error has occurred in the section numbering. Section 4 is missing and has been mistakenly labelled with section 5. All sections and subsections labelled section 5, should be section 4. Which means section 6 should be renamed section 5. DOI:


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