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Cor­pus approach­es to lan­guage in social media
BuchcoverThis book show­cas­es the unique pos­si­bil­i­ties of cor­pus lin­guis­tic method­olo­gies in engag­ing with and analysing lan­guage data from social media, sur­vey­ing cur­rent approach­es, and offer­ing guide­lines and best prac­tices for doing lan­guage analy­sis.
The book pro­vides an overview of how lan­guage in social media has been approached by lin­guists and non-lin­guists, before delv­ing into the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the datasets require­ments need­ed to pur­sue inves­ti­ga­tions in social media, and of the tech­ni­cal aspects of par­tic­u­lar plat­forms that may influ­ence the analy­sis, such as emoti­cons, retweets, and meta­da­ta. Sam­ple Python code, along with gen­er­al guide­lines for using it, is pro­vid­ed to empow­er researchers to apply these tech­niques in their own work, sup­port­ed by actu­al exam­ples from three real-life case stud­ies. Di Cristo­faro high­lights the full poten­tial of using these method­olo­gies in analysing social media lan­guage data and the ways in which they might pave the way for future appli­ca­tions of data analy­sis and pro­cess­ing for cor­pus lin­guis­tics.
The book will be key read­ing for researchers in cor­pus lin­guis­tics and lin­guists and social sci­en­tists inter­est­ed in data-dri­ven analy­sis of social media.
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Nature prose: writ­ing in eco­log­i­cal cri­sis
BuchcoverThis book seeks to explain the pop­u­lar­i­ty and appeal of con­tem­po­rary writ­ing about nature. The argu­ment is that nature writ­ing, in its var­i­ous for­mats, con­tains for­mal effects of a com­plex­i­ty that is not suf­fi­cient­ly rec­og­nized, and that these para­dox­i­cal or anti­thet­i­cal effects encap­su­late our cur­rent eco­log­i­cal dilem­ma, and offer a fresh resource for crit­i­cal think­ing. Such lit­er­ary effects become more eas­i­ly dis­cernible when the dis­tinc­tions between fic­tion­al and non­fic­tion­al writ­ing are (part­ly) set aside, so that ‘nature writ­ing’ is set with­in the broad­er con­cep­tion of ‘nature prose’. The book’s range is inter­na­tion­al, with par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on writ­ers from Britain and the US. The treat­ment and con­struc­tion of ‘nature’ in con­tem­po­rary imag­i­na­tive prose reveals some sig­nif­i­cant para­dox­es beneath its dom­i­nant moods—moods which are usu­al­ly earnest, some­times cel­e­bra­to­ry, some­times prophet­ic or cau­tion­ary. It is in these para­dox­i­cal or anti­thet­i­cal moments that the con­tem­po­rary eco­log­i­cal predica­ment is for­mal­ly encod­ed, in a pro­gres­sive devel­op­ment of eco­log­i­cal con­scious­ness from the late 1950s (or even ear­li­er), but which is pri­mar­i­ly illus­trat­ed in this work from texts pub­lished from the 1990s onwards. The ambi­gu­i­ty in the sub­ti­tle of this book—‘Writing in Eco­log­i­cal Crisis’—is intend­ed to cap­ture a mode of writ­ing that is both con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous with a defin­ing time of cri­sis for human­i­ty and for­mal­ly fash­ioned by that con­text: this is writ­ing that emerges in a time of cri­sis but which is also, in some ways, in cri­sis itself.
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