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Metaphor, popular science and semantic tagging: distant reading with the Historical Thesaurus of English

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Metaphor, popular science and semantic tagging : distant reading with the Historical Thesaurus of English. / Alexander, Marc; Dallachy, Fraser; Piao, Scott; Baron, Alistair; Rayson, Paul.

In: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Vol. 30, No. Suppl. 1, 01.12.2015, p. i16-i27.

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Alexander, Marc ; Dallachy, Fraser ; Piao, Scott ; Baron, Alistair ; Rayson, Paul. / Metaphor, popular science and semantic tagging : distant reading with the Historical Thesaurus of English. In: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. 2015 ; Vol. 30, No. Suppl. 1. pp. i16-i27.

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