Author: Guillaume Desagulier

Why corpus linguists should be wary of kidney stones and Simpson’s paradox

What does your intuition tell you when a phenomenon is  counterintuitive? It is my intuition that you cannot do good research without intuition. But, without safeguards, intuition can play tricks on you. Suppose that scientists compared the efficiency of two drugs to cure a single disease. They ran two clinical trials.…

The Indian exception: complex prepositions in the Kolhapur Corpus

I am a big fan of old corpora. Of course, I do also appreciate XXL corpora compiled semi-blindly from the Web. But, comparatively speaking, the older corpora have the kind of spick-and-span internal structure that makes them pleasant to use. Complex prepositions In a sociolinguistics course that I taught this…

Noam Chomsky’s colorless green idea: « corpus linguistics doesn’t mean anything »

From Berkeley to Paris In Spring 2002,  I attended a lecture on linguistics by American linguist Noam Chomsky at UC Berkeley. At the time, I was working as a graduate student instructor in the French department while taking courses in the linguistics department. Chomsky exposed the latest developments of his…