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Better Insights into Linguistic and Cultural Shifts with an Improved Google Books Interface

Mark Davies is a professor of Linguistics at Brigham Young University specializing in the design and optimization of linguistic databases, language change and genre-based variation, and frequency and collocational analyses (all for English, Spanish, and Portuguese). He has developed an enhanced user interface for the Google Books n-gram viewer that allows users to interact with the data, as well as run more advanced queries on the database. In his talk he discussed what these innovations mean for linguistic studies.