At this point I’d like to send a huge thank you to all the people who’ve been kind enough to contribute texts for the corpus. And also, a ridiculously extreme expression of thanks to the many people who not only contributed, but then also went above and beyond in getting other people to participate! Some of you re-tweeted my Twitter-oproepjes to hundreds of people, others forwarded the project information to bunches of friends and contacts, some people linked to it from their own blogs, and many more were just generally interested and asked lots of nice questions or suggested this or that article to read or person to contact. Not one of you needed to do this so the fact that so many people have been so helpful to a stranger is just heartwarming and hugely encouraging.
Ok, enough gushing … this is serious business. Happy to report that I’m down to the last 20 or so texts that we need. The categories still proving stubborn are press news and editorials, so journalists: here I come.