Edited by Alexandra U. Esimaje, Ulrike Gut and Bassey E. Antia
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 88] 2019
► pp. 120–141
Chapter 1.5. The historical corpus of English in Ghana (HiCE Ghana)
Motivation, compilation, opportunities
This chapter discusses various aspects relevant to the compilation of the Historical Corpus of English in Ghana (HiCE Ghana), a 600,000-word corpus of written Ghanaian English (GhE) from the period 1966 to 1975. The corpus captures written GhE in the early years of its nativization phase and by comparison to the relevant sections of the Ghanaian component of ICE makes it possible to trace structural nativization in real time. The paper addresses the motivation for such a corpus and shows how methodological and theoretical concerns and challenges have affected the final corpus design. The paper is rounded off with contemporary examples of GhE.
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