Comments on: Language has a genome, and Google is mapping it. Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: CorpusProf Mon, 20 Dec 2010 16:01:42 +0000 Looking at the pretty charts in Culturomics and the new Google Books interface is nice. But of course there is much more to looking at cultural / language change than just using simple frequency charts of exact words and phrases.

The NEH-funded, 400 million word Corpus of Historical American English (freely available at allows for a much wider ranges of searches. Besides frequency lists like Google Books (with essentially the same results), simple 2-3 second searches can find changes in word meaning and usage (e.g. gay, care, web; or what we’re saying about any topic over time), grammatical changes, and it can find *all words* that are more frequent in one period than another (rather than one by one, as with Google Books), as well as much more.

More information at: romics.asp