Paul Meara

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Paul Meara

Oxford University


Texts as vocabulary networks

This paper shows how methodologies developed for research in bibliometrics can be used to throw light on some interesting properties of texts. A lot of the research on text has put considerable emphasis on linear connections between words, or looked at relatively narrow contextual windows for words. The bibliometric approaches illustrated in this paper take a somewhat different approach that focuses on the whole text, rather than its smaller parts. They allow us to build network  representations of texts, rather than linear representations. These networks have some interesting properties that point to some serious problems with how we model the way people interact with texts to learn new vocabulary.

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