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Pitfalls of the Ngram Viewer
|Title||Pitfalls of the Ngram Viewer|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2020|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Early Modern English; Ngram Viewer; Statistics|
Google’s Ngram Viewer often gives a distorted view of the popularity of cultural/religious phrases during the early 19th century and before. Other larger textual sources can provide a truer picture of relevant usage patterns of various content-rich phrases that occur in the Book of Mormon. Such an approach suggests that almost all of its phraseology fits comfortably within its syntactic framework, which is mostly early modern in character.
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