[Corpora-List] you vs. contractions (2)

Przemek Kaszubski przemka at amu.edu.pl
Wed Jul 20 17:41:01 CEST 2005


Thanks to all those who have responded so far. The feedback I got
indicates my query may not have been clear enough. What I would really
like to find is texts containing "you" and NO contractions whatsoever in
the same homogenous stretch of discourse (isn't, he's, we've, etc. etc.,
along with those involving 'you').

No interface to the BNC that I can access allows picking samples on a
negative basis, i.e. those that do NOT contain a given string, let alone
a sum of such negations. I suppose the job could be done with a bit of
text processing, but wanted to first check on the list. For any relevant
literature as well.

Przemek


Przemek Kaszubski wrote (2005-07-19 18:59):


> Dear List Members,

>

> Are there any registers/genres in English in which the pronoun "you"

> co-occurs (textually) with fully written rather than contracted forms?

> I tried to extract such texts from the BNC using the SARA interface

> but could not. If anyone can point to relevant research or help with

> extraction, I'd be most grateful.

>

> Thanks!

>

> Przemek

>


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