The Copenhagen cholera epidemic 1853 in contemporary Danish newspaper prose: Some back-of-an-envelope calculations

Sigfrid Lundberg's Stuff, 2022-12-02

A tentative analysis of how the cholera epidemic 1853 is covered in contemporary Danish newspapers. Words related to the epidemics increases rapidly in frequency at the outbreaks, but decreases much more slowly. Obviously the public was not prepared for the appearance, but the discussions of the outbreak continues several years after. The temporal distribution of trigrams containing locations (likec holerainplace name) and temporal info (lik ec holera er,harorhavde, i.e., is, has and had follo wed by some word, often an adjective) follow the outbreak as well.

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