Monday, April 21, 2008

Corpus Linguistics at its best

I just found about the Facebook feature called Facebook Lexicon (warning: you'll have to be logged into Facebook for this link to work). It's a search feature that counts the number of times certain words occur on walls all over Facebook. I daresay the great majority of those Facebook users out there who are using Lexicon don't even know they're doing corpus linguistics! Tee hee!


red said...

Wow! It's funny to see when words are mentioned, there are obvious patterns. Example: xoxo was said more on Christmas, New Years, and Valentines. The word Batman was mentioned an incredible amount around the time Heath Ledger died. Fun!!

K* said...

I just found out about this today!! It is the coolest thing ever. It's like a whole new field of corpus linguistics. And it's really nerdy that I am this excited about it. Yahoo!