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Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2009 06:12:42 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.469 N American sources for commentary


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 469.
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        Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 11:19:24 -0700
        From: Mark Davies <Mark_Davies-AT-byu.edu>
        Subject: RE: [Humanist] 22.460 N American sources for commentary?
        In-Reply-To: <20090120092756.10A072B63E-AT-woodward.joyent.us>

> I would be most grateful for recommendations of specifically North
> American periodicals and journals that for the period 1945-1990 would be
> likely to yield commentary on computing. 

The TIME Corpus (http://corpus.byu.edu/time) has 100 million words from the 1920s-2000s. There are almost 12,000 tokens for [computer], going back to the 1940s.

Via this interface, one can also see the frequency of any word or phrase over time (by decade and year). One can also easily find collocates (including by time periods) -- which provides useful insight into possible shifts in the usage of the words and phrases (without having to look at each of the thousands of tokens individually).

For a nice, quick example, try:

WORD(S): [computer]
CONTEXT: *
MIN FREQ: [5] (checked)
SECTIONS: Yes

Best,

Mark Davies

===========================================Mark Davies
Professor of (Corpus) Linguistics
Brigham Young University
(phone) 801-422-9168 / (fax) 801-422-0906
Web: davies-linguistics.byu.edu

** Corpus design and use // Linguistic databases **
** Historical linguistics // Language variation **
** English, Spanish, and Portuguese **
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>         Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:22:51 +0000
>         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>
>         Subject: N American source for historical commentary on computing?
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> I would be most grateful for recommendations of specifically North
> American periodicals and journals that for the period 1945-1990 would be
> likely to yield commentary on computing. Intelligent, insightful
> commentary is of course desirable, but I am also very much interested in
> the full range of how people in Canada and the U.S. were thinking as
> they saw computing rise in prominence and influence. Silly reactions can
> in some contexts be as valuable as ones we would at the time tended most to respect.
> 
> Many thanks.
> 
> Yours,
> WM
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