This book in the Edinburgh Textbooks in Empirical Linguistics series is a comprehensive introduction to the statistics currently used in corpus linguistics. Statistica
l techniques and corpus applications - whether oriented towards linguistics or language engineering - often go hand in glove, and corpus linguists have used an increasingly wide variety of statistics, drawing on techniques developed in a great many fields.This is the first one-volume introduction to the subject.
Gives many instructive examples of statistical techniques applied to language data, provides exercises at the end of each chapter, and has a clear glossary.
This book is essential for learning statistical analysis of texts. Most importantly, Oakes's is the only current corpus-linguistic book that devotes such a large portion of its pages to stylistics … the whole book is worthwhile for the literary scholar.