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How many words in English?

In my last post I discussed Google’s Ngram Viewer and the related paper in Science, Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books. As I said, the authors of the paper estimated the number of words in English to … Continue reading

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Ngram Viewer and “lexical dark matter”

Google’s new Ngram Viewer, http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/, lets you search for the of words, phrases and proper names in millions of books published between the 1500s and 2000 and instantly charts their frequency of occurrence over the decades. Historians can see, for … Continue reading

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