Linguistic dark matter

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Fri Dec 17 16:14:34 UTC 2010

On Dec 17, 2010, at 3:13 AM, Michael Quinion wrote:

> Science reports on a massive searchable corpus created from some five
> million books, now available on Google:
> One report is here: . It quotes the researchers:
> "We estimated that 52% of the English lexicon - the majority of words used
> in English books - consist of lexical 'dark matter' undocumented in
> standard references."

GN, 12/16/10: Humanities research with the Google books corpus:

which doesn't, however, take up the issue of "linguistic dark matter", though more postings are to come.


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