Using Google Ngram Viewer to draw graphs from corpora

google ngram viewOne of the things I love about writing this blog is receiving feedback from my readers. Terminologist Licia Corbolante, owner of the blog in Italian, terminologia etc, reminded me of this tool after reading my most recent blog post on corpora. So I thought I’d share it with you as another useful tool and copy her message literally.

“Let me add Google Ngram Viewer, a tool that lets you draw graphs from a collection of corpora obtained from books in English (worldwide, but also American and British English), French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Russian, Spanish, simplified Chinese.

I use it a lot, especially when I need a quick diachronic analysis, for example to compare different terms and see how they evolved over time, or to verify collocations (what is the most frequent NOUN+terminology sequence in English? See it here).

About Ngram Viewer and an article by Ben Zimmer, Google’s Ngram Viewer Goes Wild, provide a good overview of the various features available to users.

I love Ngram Viewer, it also lets you compare across different languages, see this example from my blog: (I used it in Nuove funzionalità di Google Ngram Viewer)”

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Thank you, LIcia!

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