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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0272  Tuesday, 4 April 2006

From: 		Philip Weller <
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Date: 		Monday, 03 Apr 2006 17:05:24 -0700
Subject: 17.0261 WordHoard
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0261 WordHoard

I visited the WordHoard site, and although I didn't actually download 
anything, I did read a little, to try to see what it was all about. My 
impression is that the basic product of a WordHoard search is a 
frequency list.

Reading further in the introductory section ("What is WordHoard?"), I 
encountered the following claim: "only three nouns occur more often in 
Shakespeare than 'love', and one can make something of the fact that 
they are the cluster 'lord', 'man', and 'sir'.  My question is what is 
the "something" that can be made of this "cluster"? And what is the 
definition of "cluster"? One of the words, "sir," is primarily a form of 
address, and I am guessing that "lord" also appears mostly as part of 
another form of address, "my lord."  So what does the "cluster" say, 
except that Shakespeare wrote drama, in which characters (mostly male) 
address one another?

Sincerely,
Philip Weller
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