Thursday, November 17, 2011

Discussing disgusting

There's a good piece here on the BBC News magazine site about the word disgust and its changing meanings and usage in English. As well as being a good case study of semantic change, it offers an interesting angle on how new analytical methods can be used to track language change, in this case Google n-grams and digital corpus searches.

1 comment:

Ant said...

I've come across the problem of Google not parsing older forms of letters correctly before (notably long 's', and u/v) but also misreading ligatures and sometimes confusing letters consisting of minims (i,n,u,m,).

Someone in the comments to the article notes that that's a problem with the graph here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15619543?postId=110880547#comment_110880547

It's a shame that there seems to be no way of combining variant forms in the ngram viewer.