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Towards a methodology for corpus-based studies of linguistic change: Contrastive observations and their possible diachronic interpretations in the Korpus 2000 and Korpus 90 General Corpora of Danish

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The Korpus 90 and Korpus 2000 Corpora of Danish were both designed and compiled at the Society for Danish Language and Literature (DSL). The joint web-based query interface of the two corpora enables immediate comparative studies. This paper focuses on examples of contrastive observations and their possible diachronic interpretations. It discusses whether observable differences of word frequency, inflection, collocation, connotation, and word order reflect real changes in the Danish language, or whether they reflect differently compiled corpora. Finally, the paper proposes prerequisites for a methodology of comparative corpus investigation and the determination of diachronic corpus similarity. In this context, the concept of invariant textual features is introduced.



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