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What does corpus mean?
Corpus most commonly refers to a large or comprehensive collection of creative works, such as all of the writings of a particular author.
An artist’s corpus is their body of work, and in fact the word corpus comes from the Latin word meaning “body.” (This Latin word appears in the well-known legal phrase habeas corpus, meaning “(you may) have the body.”)
More generally, corpus is used in English to refer to the main body, section, or substance of something.
The word is used in a more specific way in linguistics to refer to an entire set of a particular linguistic element within a language, such as words or sentences.
It’s also used in several more specific ways in the context of anatomy in the names of body parts.
The correct plural of corpus can be either corpora or corpuses. (Other Latin-derived words can be pluralized in the same way as corpora.)
Example: Instead of devoting my dissertation to examining a specific theme throughout her corpus, I decided to focus on a single work.
Where does corpus come from?
The first records of the use of the word corpus in English come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin corpus, meaning “body.” This root forms the basis of many words pertaining to the body or referring to a body in the sense of a group, such as corpse and corps.
Corpus most commonly refers to a collection of texts of a particular author or within some category. The corpus of Shakespeare, for example, is the collection of everything he ever wrote. The word collection here doesn’t necessarily mean it’s all kept in one place like a library or a database—it simply refers to everything in existence that fits into that category.
The word corpus isn’t only used for a collection of works by a single author, or even written works. Corpora can exist for all kinds of topics, time periods, and works.
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What are some other forms related to corpus?
- corpora (plural)
- corpuses (plural)
What are some synonyms for corpus?
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How is corpus used in real life?
Corpus is most often used in an academic context in the analysis of literature, but it can be used in many other situations.
What we’re watching: a video essay that shows how Martin Scorsese’s corpus is a crime scene of crimson. https://t.co/P9HchuPGUi
— One Perfect Shot (@OnePerfectShot) May 6, 2020
Sometimes I think Vonnegut's "we're here on Earth to fart around" is better than the whole corpus of existential literature.
— Zach Weinersmith (@ZachWeiner) June 6, 2014
More examples of qualified laughter from my corpus of caption files:
(Crowd mocking and laughing)
(Hyena laughing) https://t.co/7w1RTr8Zdd
— Sean Zdenek (@seanzdenek) December 31, 2019
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Which of the following terms could be used in reference to a corpus?
C. body of work
D. all of the above
How to use corpus in a sentence
The researchers also found a “significant amount of fake news” in the training corpus, Sap said.Your favorite A.I. language tool is toxic|jonathanvanian2015|September 29, 2020|Fortune
Especially with the corpus of cash its digital arm Jio Platforms has amassed just this year.Will anyone buy TikTok’s business in India?|Ananya Bhattacharya|September 18, 2020|Quartz
Then they can simply be “fine-tuned” on a smaller corpus to improve performance on a specific task—for example, classifying news articles by topic, summarizing paragraphs, or predicting the sentences that follow a given input.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side|Raphaël Millière|September 9, 2020|Nautilus
In the 20th and 21st centuries, some researchers found the whole corpus callosum is proportionally larger in women on average while others found only certain parts are bigger.
The seizure corpus helped “label” much of the data—somewhat similar to labeling data in supervised machine learning—paving the road for machines to better “read” human electrical brain recordings.How a Crowdsourcing Challenge Turbocharged Brain Research During Lockdown|Shelly Fan|June 2, 2020|Singularity Hub
The local churches were celebrating The Feast of Corpus Christi by launching brilliantly exploding rockets into the night.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans|Chris Allbritton|August 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Rep. Blake Farenthold made it onto the list of “notable people” from Corpus Christi, Texas.@CongressEdits Helps You Track Your Congressman’s Vanity in Real Time|Tim Mak|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They hate that Lincoln suspended habeas corpus; they never note that Jefferson Davis did, too.The Rancid Abraham Lincoln–Haters of the Libertarian Right|Rich Lowry|June 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
There was also a memorable encounter while disembarking at Corpus Christi.My Big Fat Greek Book Tour: Nia Vardalos Promotes ‘Instant Mom’|Lloyd Grove|May 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Hernandez was well-known in their rough Corpus Christi neighborhood as an unsavory character.10 Shocking Bits From Book About How Texas Executed an Innocent Man|Ben Jacobs|May 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Thomas goes on to contradict Aristotle, in holding quod nullum ens esset nisi corpus.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
Our procession was, however, a more solemn one on the day of Corpus Christi when we carried about the blessed Sacrament.
English act of habeas corpus passed; the act suspending it was repealed, probably forever, 1818.
On Corpus Christi's Eve, the usual celebration greatly aggrieved the perth weekly assembly.
One of the most familiar actions is habeas corpus, which is employed to recover a person's liberty from illegal restraint.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for corpus
- any distinct mass or body
- the main part of an organ or structure