30 March 2007

Politicians floating on a cloud of words

Jean Véronis, a researcher and lecturer in the Université d’Aix en Provence, and a specialist in Corpus Linguistics, has made available to the readers of his blog a database of all the speeches of all the French presidential candidates. Today, he invites the readers to play with the collocations of key words in the speeches, for each of the candidates. The program shows the words most often used beside the key word by the candidate, and this appears in cloud form. His search centered on “work”. I tried with “femmes” (women) and “immigration”. Interesting results, nearly poetic. I wish there was a possibility of playing the same game with speeches from the Irish candidates and party leaders.

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