Today we added a new function to LexChecker, our web-based English corpus query service (http://www.lexchecker.org). LexChecker now accepts multiword queries.
LexChecker is a corpus search tool developed at National Central University in Taiwan and has been designed specifically to retrieve multiword chunks or patterns that the query word is conventionally used in. We use our licensed and re-indexed version of the British National Corpus (BNC). Now, in addition to returning chunks for single-word queries (for example, providing "safe and sound" etc. for the query word "sound"), LexChecker shows chunks that contain more than one query word. For example, entering "how spell" as a query will return "how do you spell" as one of the chunks listed in response. Our apologies in advance that the response time for multiword queries is markedly slower than it is for single-word queries now, but this we plan to remedy in updates in the near future.
Comments always welcome.
David Wible Nai-Lung Tsao National Central University Taiwan