Astronomy ‘playne and simple’

The writing of science between 1700 and 1900

Including CD-Rom: A Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA)

| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
| University of A Coruña
ISBN 9789027211941 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027272508 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00

This volume includes methodological considerations and descriptions of some of the texts compiled in The Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA), together with a number of pilot studies using these texts showing how the corpus can be used to investigate English Astronomy writing between 1700 and 1900, from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective.

CETA is part of the Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing (CC). Since the CC was designed in 2003 with a sampling method by which extracts of 10,000 words were selected, this method has been followed in CETA, with samples from 42 different authors both from Europe and North America. Some extralinguistic parameters, such as year of publication, sex, geographical provenance and text-types/genres have been considered for text selection. According to late Modern English text typology, the samples in CETA can be grouped in eight different categories and such categories, as well as some other metadata information, can be used to search the corpus.

CETA, together with the Coruña Corpus Tool purpose-designed software by IrLab, was originally made available with the volume on CD-rom. As of early 2019, these are also accessible online at the Repositorio Universidade Coruña: CCT at CETA at

[Not in series, 173]  2012.  xi, 240 pp. (incl. CD-Rom)
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Luis Iglesias Rábade
1. Late Modern English in its historical context
Joan C. Beal
2. Astronomy as scientific knowledge in Modern England
Begoña Crespo
3. CETA as a tool for the study of modern astronomy in English
Isabel Moskowich
4. Astronomical discourse in 18th and 19th century texts: A new-born model in the transmission of science
Begoña Crespo
5. Patterns of English scientific writing in the 18th century: Adjectives and other building-blocks
Isabel Moskowich
6. Accounting for observations of the heavens in the 18th century: New nouns to explain old phenomena
Gonzalo Camiña
7. Subject specific vocabulary in astronomy texts: A diachronic survey of the Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy
Pascual Cantos Gómez and Nila Vázquez
8. A corpus-driven analysis of complex predicates in 18th century scientific writings in CETA
Inés Lareo
9. The emergence and evolution of the pattern N + PREP + V-ing in historical scientific texts
Bethany Gray and Douglas Biber
10. An analysis of hedging in eighteenth century English astronomy texts
Francisco Alonso-Almeida
11. Thematic structure in eighteenth century astronomical texts: A study of a small sample of articles from the Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy
David Banks
“All articles make extensive use of the Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA), a subcorpus of the Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing, and delightfully the book comes with a copy of the corpus on CD-ROM. This makes the volume another valuable addition to the growing number of similar products published by John Benjamins (see Taavitsainen and Pahta, 2010; and Kytö et al., 2011)”
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