Diachronie du français et linguistique de corpus : une approche quantitative renouvelée

Abstract : The present study deals with textual frequencies, considered from the point of view of former states of the language, and in a diachronic perspective. Linguists working on a language without speakers and aiming to account for linguistic changes have always relied on attested data and on their quantification. But electronic databases, and the text mining software developed to process them, have brought on major methodological changes to the field, due to the massification of the data henceforth dealt with. This results in many benefits, especially when the task is to refine the chronology and pinpoint the locus of specific language changes. In order to illustrate the benefits of a massive quantification as well as the limits of such an approach, I present some aspects of the evolution of the pronominal subject in French.
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Sophie Prévost. Diachronie du français et linguistique de corpus : une approche quantitative renouvelée. Langages, Armand Colin (Larousse jusqu'en 2003), 2015, La fréquence textuelle : bilan et perspectives, 197 (1), pp.23-45. ⟨halshs-01423562⟩

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