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Exploring the Web of Coined Catchy Phrases

Conference paper
Authors Torbjörn Lager
Jenny Myrendal
Published in Proceedings of WWW2012: Web Science Track
Publication year 2012
Published at Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science
Language en
Subject categories General Language Studies and Linguistics


We employ a method inspired by corpus linguistics to illustrate the complexity and multifacetedness of the Web by extracting phrases about the Web from the Web itself. The phrases are divided into semantic categories and analysed with regards to their semantic content and rhetorical functions. We argue that the extracted phrases simultaneously have descriptive content and function as names. We also argue that they are used as rhetorical tools by actors from different groups in society involved in developing the Web, which is why we suggest that they need further attention by scholars interested in Web Science and linguistics.

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