New media and the web as corpora: Exploring research projects in digital humanities
This paper was originally a guest lecture at the 1st Lagos Summer School in Digital Humanities (LSSDH), held at the University of Lagos in September, 2018. The lecture examined the very important synergy between the humanities (in our case linguistics) and computer science. Hence, this paper explains this synergy, and discusses why digitization has become a concept that is increasingly fundamental for doing linguistics, such as pragmatics and discourse analysis. The paper also describes methods and digital tools for doing linguistics and gives important examples of research projects in in Nigeria and abroad in discourse analysis and pragmatics that had applied digital methods. The study argues that, since Nigerian scholars can no longer deny the impact of digital media and the role of digital technology as research tools, we must now begin to respond to the extent of knowledge and skills needed to doing digital humanities. The paper concludes with suggestions on how this response may be carried out.