Past Awardee

Facilitating the Study of Prescriptive Language Behavior through Automatic Database Building and Data Extraction

Douglas Kibbee
Douglas Kibbee

College: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Award year: 2004-2005

Prescriptive linguistic behavior is an essential element of language acquisition and linguistic identity, yet it has been excluded from mainstream linguistic theorization. In this project we seek to understand better this range of behaviors by using the techniques of automatic database building and of data extraction under development at the NCSA, applying them to overtly prescriptive texts in the French tradition. This permits linguists to analyze a hitherto unresearched part of linguistic behavior, and computer scientists to test their analytical tools on a new language to extract a new kind of data.