Analyzing lexical emergence in modern American English online

Grieve, Jack, Nini, Andrea and Guo, Diansheng (2016). Analyzing lexical emergence in modern American English online. English Language and Linguistics, In pre ,


This paper introduces a quantitative method for identifying newly emerging word forms in large time-stamped corpora of natural language and then describes an analysis of lexical emergence in American social media using this method based on a multi-billion word corpus of Tweets collected between October 2013 and November 2014. In total 29 emerging word forms, which represent various semantic classes, grammatical parts-of speech, and word formations processes, were identified through this analysis. These 29 forms are then examined from various perspectives in order to begin to better understand the process of lexical emergence.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > English Language
Languages & Social Sciences > English Language research group
Languages & Social Sciences
Additional Information: CORRIGENDUM: In the above mentioned article by Grieve, Nini & Guo, an error has occurred in the section numbering. Section 4 is missing and has been mistakenly labelled with section 5. All sections and subsections labelled section 5, should be section 4. Which means section 6 should be renamed section 5. DOI:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language and Linguistics,Linguistics and Language
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Published Date: 2016-05-25
Published Online Date: 2016-05-25
Authors: Grieve, Jack ( 0000-0003-3630-7349)
Nini, Andrea
Guo, Diansheng



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