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TitlePitfalls of the Ngram Viewer
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsCarmack, Stanford
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsEarly Modern English; Ngram Viewer; Statistics

Google’s Ngram Viewer often gives a distorted view of the popularity of cultural/religious phrases during the early 19th century and before. Other larger textual sources can provide a truer picture of relevant usage patterns of various content-rich phrases that occur in the Book of Mormon. Such an approach suggests that almost all of its phraseology fits comfortably within its syntactic framework, which is mostly early modern in character.