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date: 27 January 2020

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This chapter aims to answer questions generally relevant for the task of constructing a corpus that can serve as a sound empirical basis for the creation of dictionaries as well as for linguistic research. Starting from theoretical considerations of corpus design and representativeness, it also discusses practical issues, such as how the primary data in corpora can be enriched with other kinds of information, how raw data can be converted to corpora, how the necessary rights can be acquired, and in general, how to avoid possible pitfalls. In these considerations the construction of a corpus will be viewed primarily as a complex optimization task that should best be approached iteratively, for which typically no single optimal solution can be found, and in which costs are a crucial factor.

Keywords: very large corpora, Representativeness, corpus design, corpus construction, virtual corpora, primordial sample, German reference corpus

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