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Swedish and Danish, spoken and written language: A statistical comparison
University of Gothenburg.
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, ISSN 1384-6655, Vol. 10, no 3, 367-399 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of much linguistic research is to determine the grammar and the lexicon of a certain language L. The spoken variant of L - in so far as it is considered at all - is generally taken to be just another projection of the same grammar and lexicon. We suspect that this assumption may be wrong. Our suspicion derives from our contrastive analyses of four corpora, two Swedish and two Danish (covering spoken as well as written language), suggesting that - in the dimensions of frequency distribution, word type selection, and distribution over parts of speech - the mode of communication (spoken versus written) is much more significant as a determining factor than even the choice of language (Swedish versus Danish). ©John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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2005. Vol. 10, no 3, 367-399 p.
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Comparative Linguistics (13850); Corpus Linguistics (15670); Danish (17250); Form Classes (25250); Oral Language (61300); Statistical Analysis (83850); Swedish (86400); Word Frequency (97450); Written Language (98900)
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-24936Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-34248705388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-24936DiVA: diva2:754814
Available from: 2014-10-13 Created: 2014-10-10 Last updated: 2014-10-13Bibliographically approved

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