Analyzing Spoken and Written Discourse: A Role for Natural Language Processing Tools

Scott A. Crossley, Kristopher Kyle

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This chapter provides a general overview of research methods used in the analysis of both spoken and written discourse. In addition, it provides a specific overview of how natural language processing (NLP) tools that measure lexical, syntactic, rhetorical, and cohesion features of text can be used to examine spoken and written discourse. The chapter provides an overview of how NLP tools have been used in previous studies of discourse, an introduction to freely available tools, an overview of the output produced by these tools, and statistical methods used to analyze and interpret the output produced from these tools.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Applied Linguistics Research Methodology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781137599001
ISBN (Print)9781137598998
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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