DOES A POP STAR’S LEXICON WAX OR WANE WITH FAME?
What happens when you juxtapose the lyrics of Taylor’s self-titled debut album from 2006 with those from her album “1989”, the chart topping, million-copies-in-a-week latest album?
This is an extremely (valiant attempt at an) academic exploration of Taylor Swift’s first and latest albums.
A Quick Overview: The lyrics were pulled from the AZ Lyrics. The raw text files were cleaned using the free text editor TextWrangler for Mac. All punctuation, extra spacing, and special characters were removed. As a basic entry point to NLP, I have employed Voyant-Tools.org, the web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts, to give some numeric values to pieces of the text. Best of all, it’s all compiled on it’s very own Commons site.
I analyze, visualize, explore, document, and set free the Tay Sway Corpus here: