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Wed Dec 02 2009

FYI: New Function on LexChecker Corpus Search Service

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Message 1: New Function on LexChecker Corpus Search Service
Date: 29-Nov-2009
From: Nai-Lung Tsao <beaktsaostringnet.org>
Subject: New Function on LexChecker Corpus Search Service
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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

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics

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