corpora blog revamp

This blog is going through a revamp. Material is being added as well as simplifying content output. After all blogs are supposed to make content production easy.

The alphabet as object

In a novel study of baboons it has been found it is possible for the animals to recognise ‘words’ (real word letter sequences) as opposed to jumbled letter sequences. This may indicate we may need to rethink our understanding of symbols as abstractions to a simpler concrete interpretation as if they are plain objects.

I do think our belief that we, human beings, are something ‘better’ than animals is complacent. Afterall we still live in a physical world just like any other animal. The ability for abstraction has its limits still confined by the physical.

That’s one point for the theory of embodiment.

How to make a frequency word list in AntConc

First open some files.

To make a word list:

  1. load files;
  2. click on the ‘Word List’ tab, and;
  3. click ‘Start’.

The list in ordered by most frequent first. Types with the same frequency are ordered alphabetically within. Total number of types and tokens are shown between the tabs and work window.