Re: Corpora: Historical background of Corpus Linguistics

From: Jean Veronis (
Date: Thu Apr 18 2002 - 14:54:30 MET DST

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    At 13:06 18/04/2002 +0100, Eric Atwell wrote:

    >Does anyone have an earlier citation???

    To my knowledge, the first who noticed that rank and frequency were related
    by a hyperbolic law was Jean-Baptiste Estoup. He analysed a corpus in order
    to determine grapheme frequencies for stenography. I had access to the 3rd
    edition (1912) at Bibliotheque Nationale de France, but I think that the
    first edition is from 1902. The book was a best-seller in French
    stenography for half a century.

    Estoup, J.-B. Gammes sténographiques. Recueil de textes choisis pour
    l'acquisition méthodique de la vitesse, précédé d'une introduction par
    J.-B. Estoup,... 3e édition. Paris, Institut sténographique1912. In-8 °, 142 p.

    Call number at BNF : FRBNF32084574


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