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Vocabulary Analysis

While reading Ehrman's Jesus, InterruptedI got the idea to look in to vocabulary studies. You know, the ones where linguists catalog all the words used by a particular author and use the data to compare various works by (or purportedly by) that author. Does anyone know of a publication which lays out the basic methodology for doing this? I might try to write a script to help with the first step. I'm also interested in applying these methodologies outside of the biblical texts to see what they might yield. For example, how much does the vocabulary base of authors change across genre, time, etc.? I've never read anything which attempts such a study.