Astronomy `playne and simple': The writing of science between 1700 and 1900. Including CD-Rom: A Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA)

Astronomy `playne and simple': The writing of science between 1700 and 1900. Including CD-Rom: A Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA)

By: Isabel Moskowich (author), Begona Crespo (editor), Isabel Moskowich (editor), Isabel Moskowich (compiler), Gonzalo Camina Rioboo (compiler), Ines Lareo Martin (compiler), Begona Crespo (compiler)Hardback

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The Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (CETA) is part of the Coruna Corpus of English Scientific Writing (CC). CETA has been compiled for the description of English Astronomy writing between 1700 and 1900, from a synchronic and a diachronic perspective. 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 is released on CD-Rom with Coruna Corpus Tool (CCT), purpose-designed software by IrLab. It is accompanied by the volume Astronomy `playne and simple', which includes descriptions of some of the texts compiled in CETA, together with a number of pilot studies using these texts.


1. Acknowledgments; 2. Preface (by Rabade, Luis Iglesias); 3. 1. Late Modern English in its historical context (by Beal, Joan C.); 4. 2. Astronomy as scientific knowledge in Modern England (by Crespo, Begona); 5. 3. CETA as a tool for the study of modern astronomy in English (by Moskowich, Isabel); 6. 4. Astronomical discourse in 18th and 19th century texts: A new-born model in the transmission of science (by Crespo, Begona); 7. 5. Patterns of English scientific writing in the 18th century: Adjectives and other building-blocks (by Moskowich, Isabel); 8. 6. Accounting for observations of the heavens in the 18th century: New nouns to explain old phenomena (by Camina Rioboo, Gonzalo); 9. 7. Subject specific vocabulary in astronomy texts: A diachronic survey of the Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (by Cantos, Pascual); 10. 8. A corpus-driven analysis of complex predicates in 18th century scientific writings in CETA (by Lareo, Ines); 11. 9. The emergence and evolution of the pattern N + PREP + V-ing in historical scientific texts (by Gray, Bethany); 12. 10. An analysis of hedging in eighteenth century English astronomy texts (by Alonso Almeida, Francisco); 13. 11. Thematic structure in eighteenth century astronomical texts: A study of a small sample of articles from the Corpus of English Texts on Astronomy (by Banks, David); 14. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027211941
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9789027211941
  • weight: 625
  • ISBN10: 9027211949

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