LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/NOV/2012 3:05 AM|
|Assunto:||Google Books Ngram Viewer|
I'm not sure you guys have heard of it, but I've just found a very interesting language tool: Google Books Ngram Viewer (http://books.google.com/ngrams).
You just have to enter a few words, expressions or phrases (separated by commas) and Google will search for them in its corpus of books, displaying a nice graph that compares how they have been used over time. It's useful if you want to know how common an expression is and how its use has evolved over time.
Just a few examples:
graduated college,graduated from college
It seems that "graduated from college" is much more common, but "graduated college" has become more frequent since 1970.
The noun "tackle" used to be much more common in the past. Around 1940, the verb "tackle" gained popularity and became more popular than the noun version.
The adjective "sweet" as a modifier for the noun "dessert" has always been more common than the adjective "tasty". In recent years, the use of the adjective "sweet" has increased even more.
The word "color" is more popular in American English than in British English. However, this distinction has only become clear from 1830 on.
The word "colour" is more popular in British English, but around 1820, Americans used it just as much.
Anyway, I just wanted to give you an idea of what can be done with the tool. I encourage you guys to play with it for a while. It's well worth it!
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