I thought it would be fun to explore
the lyrics of Christmas carols, and see how the word usage in these
songs compares with today’s lexicon. To do so I needed two things:
first, Christmas carol texts; and second, a way to compare the usage of
words in those songs to that of today.
A simple Google search for Christmas carol lyrics yielded this site, which I downloaded into a single text file. Then, I used the R
tmpackage to create a clean word corpus from this text, stripping out English stopwords, punctuation and case. This left me with 755 words to explore...