Monday, September 04, 2006

VIEWing lemmas (soon?)

In a recent e-mail, Mark Davies says that he might soon have time to implement search-by-lemma in his wonderful VIEW interface for the British National Corpus. (He's already implemented it for O CORPUS DO PORTUGUÊS). I asked him if he knew about Paul Nation's concept of "word families" and he said that he had actually done a fair bit of work with them and promised to add search-by-word-family to the wish list, too.

If you're at a university that has a linguistics department, you likely have local access to the BNC anyhow, but for college teachers and everyone else in the world, VIEW is by far the best tool I've found for BNC queries.

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