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All 24 million words of LDS general conference

Talk about a body of work about talks.

Mark Davies' "Corpus of LDS General Conference Talks" — found at corpus.byu.edu/gc — contains the 10,000-plus addresses given and more than 24 million words spoken during the past 160 years of semi-annual general conferences of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The BYU professor of corpus linguistics has created the free-access, web-based database allowing users to quickly search conference talks from 1851 to the present day.

For example, Mormons didn't hear the word "pornography" uttered in a conference talk until 1959, when it was spoken four times total in talks by Elder Ezra Taft Benson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Elder John Longden, an assistant member to that quorum.

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