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Week 8: Ngram Blog Post

Due in class (300 words)

First, explore Google Ngram. Use keywords related to Tango (Milonga, Gardel, Piazzola, etc.) or any terms from Chasteen’s chapter. Experiment with changing your date range and the language of the “corpus.”

Next, read Sara Zhang's “The Pitfalls of Using Google Ngram to Study Language.” 

In your blog post, assess Google Ngram as a digital humanities tool. Do you have any ideas for avoiding some of the issues that Zhang identifies? What other limitations can you identify? What kinds of research questions could you answer with this kind of data?