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This paper describes the development of two new corpus-based Dutch spelling guides using language data gathered by the Institute for Dutch Lexicology, a research institute subsidized by the Dutch and Belgian governments. The guides were produced in 1990 and 1995. The guides are based on two earlier ones, published in 1866 and 1954, but attempt to resolve problems of orthography. The 1990 edition contains the word list of the 1954 guide and about 30,000 new entries in a preferred spelling only, with preferred and "allowed" orthography provided in a separate list. The 1995 guide is an official revision of the 1954 guide, using new, only slightly modified principles for spelling revision. Both of the new guides draw on empirical language data unavailable for the earlier guides. The corpus of 50 million words used for the 1990 edition was limited by the technology available for compiling it; substantial additional text was available for the later version. Analysis of the language data for the guides was hampered by lack of encoding standards and limits in the retrievability of data. Some of the corpora used are now available on the Internet. Contains 10 references. (MSE)

Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Computer Software, Discourse Analysis, Dutch, Foreign Countries, Language Research, Lexicology, Linguistic Theory, Spelling, Uncommonly Taught Languages

Author: Kruyt, J. G.; van Sterkenburg, P. G. J.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7300&id=ED413750

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