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If I am totally foreign to a language, are there corpus analysis methodologies and theories that I can employ to figure out the meaning of a word in a corpus based on that language?

If yes, do point me to the appropriate resources - monologues, journal articles, linguists, that describe these methodologies and the rational/theories behind them.

If no, does that mean all corpus analyses related to meaning (by this, I usually mean figuring out the meaning of a single lexeme - the kind of business that a lexicographer engages in) must be corroborated by the researcher's prior knowledge of the language or lexeme, and hence lexicography can only be done by a person who is proficient in it?

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