Edited by Alexandra U. Esimaje, Ulrike Gut and Bassey E. Antia
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 88] 2019
► pp. 232–258
Chapter 2.3. Namibian English on the web
Lexical and morphosyntactic features in a Corpus of Namibian Online Newspapers (CNamON)
The present chapter introduces the Corpus of Namibian Online Newspapers (CNamON), which encompasses the contents of seventeen news sources as available on the Internet from May to June 2016. These sources add up to roughly 44 million words of text. The corpus was compiled to facilitate taking a systematic account of the lexical and structural properties of Namibian English, which have not been investigated to date. This chapter focusses on the technical details of the compilation process of CNamON as well as its set-up and its usefulness for linguistic research. To demonstrate the corpus’ potential for analyses on the linguistic levels of lexis and (morpho-)syntax, both a qualitative stock-taking and exemplary quantitative analyses of structural characteristics of English in Namibia are provided.
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