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All 24 million words of LDS general conference

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  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    April 1, 2011 12:56 p.m.

    To Penguin Inc.: The words are not inactive; they're less active....

  • NoBoxScot Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 1, 2011 11:37 a.m.

    This is GREAT! It seemed to me there has been an increase in using the idea of "returning to live with Him". As I entered this and similar phrases and charting it I could see that indeed this is happening. I think this gives the impression of going on a trip or vacation and then returning home. Minimizing the doctrine that this life is a time for change (often termed repentance) and progression towards godhood. Thanks to you and Mark Davies for bringing to light this great resource!

  • Penguin Inc. Salt Lake City, Utah
    April 1, 2011 11:27 a.m.

    Some will tell you that half of those words are inactive. Don't believe them.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    April 1, 2011 10:36 a.m.

    To be able to access conference talks dating back to 1859 and target certain words is truly one of the positives of modern technology.

  • Montana Mormon Miles City, MT
    April 1, 2011 9:43 a.m.

    As a 1982 alum of the BYU Linguistics Department (M.A. in TESOL) and former teacher at the English Language Center, I am thrilled to see this kind of scholarship coming from the Linguistics Department. I just regret that my time there pre-dates this professor. It is indeed fascinating to see how the language has evolved over the years and how it reflects the hot topics of the day, especially in General Conference.

  • Nana Sid Saint George, UT
    April 1, 2011 9:34 a.m.

    I concur, agree, consent, and see eye to eye!. Very interesting research. Thanks for the article.

  • Joe Moe Logan, UT
    April 1, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    That is cool. Hip, rad, neat, swell, chill.

    Being kind of a word guy myself, and an LDS student to boot, I find the change in language over the decades interesting. A hearty thanks to this researcher!