Lubbers, Thijs and Los, Bettelou - Visualizing the development of prose styles in Horse Manuals from Early Modern English to Present-Day English

jdmdh:5756 - Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities, December 22, 2020, Special issue on Visualisations in Historical Linguistics
Visualizing the development of prose styles in Horse Manuals from Early Modern English to Present-Day English

Authors: Lubbers, Thijs and Los, Bettelou

This paper offers a data-driven analysis of the development of English prose styles in a single genre (instructive writing) dealing with a single topic (the correct way of feeding a horse) in 13 texts with publication dates ranging between 1565 to 2009. The texts are subjected to three investigations that offer visualizations of the findings: (i) a correspondence analysis of POS-tag trigrams; (ii) an association plot analysis; (iii) hierarchical clustering (dendrograms). As the period selected – Early Modern English to Present-Day English – does not involve any major changes in English syntax, we expect to find developments that are predominantly stylistic.


Volume: Special issue on Visualisations in Historical Linguistics
Published on: December 22, 2020
Submitted on: September 11, 2019
Keywords: historical corpora,text analysis,stylistics,correspondence analysis,stylometry,n-grams,visualization techniques,[SHS.LANGUE]Humanities and Social Sciences/Linguistics,[SCCO.LING]Cognitive science/Linguistics


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