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Do you know a good way to investigate how language is actually used?

Do you know a good way to investigate how language is actually used? Topic: How to write a thank you speech sample
July 20, 2019 / By Denice
Question: I've been investigating how language is actually used by speakers of the language. When I ask for opinions of native speakers, they often answer to my questions based on what is considered to be right in the grammar book. But that's not what I want to know. I'd like to know how grammar is changing. Do you know a good way to investigate things like this? I'd appreciate your input. Thank you.
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Calida Calida | 3 days ago
The best option is corpus data: collections gathered by independent academic sampling of speech and writing. The Brigham Young Corpus Tools are good databases: http://corpus.byu.edu/ Or for print usage, Google Books Ngram Viewer can give you stats for frequency of print use against time. For instance, check out this one for the decline of the subjunctive form "if it be": http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=if+it+be&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=18&smoothing=3&share= (I agree with you: it's weird how people don't trust either their own usage or that of respectable print sources, and instead tell askers to use weird constructions such as "It is I" that no mainstream native speaker on Planet Earth has used for getting on a century).
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Alys Alys
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Vernon Vernon
If people know they are investigated, they will most of the time try to please the questioner, and hide their real behaviour. In the old days they just recorded in secret conversations in public places where a lot of people gathered. These days, you could just analyze online conversations at online forums. Just take care that you careful anonymize your samples, so not to break any privacy laws. (Maybe ask the NSA and the GCHQ for a sample of their databases?)
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Rory Originally Answered: When are cops allowed to use anonymous tips as evidence to search or investigate?
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