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LINGUIST List 21.5193

Tue Dec 21 2010

FYI: LexChecker: Usage and Helpful Suggestions

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        1.     Nai-Lung Tsao , LexChecker: Usage and Helpful Suggestions

Message 1: LexChecker: Usage and Helpful Suggestions
Date: 17-Dec-2010
From: Nai-Lung Tsao <beaktsaostringnet.org>
Subject: LexChecker: Usage and Helpful Suggestions
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Dear all,

We are in the thick of preparing the next generation version of
LexChecker. We have an unreleased beta version that we are
tweaking now. It incorporates nearly all of the suggestions that we’ve
received from users til now and other features as well. We have
created an extended user-friendly web-interface for navigating through
the StringNet knowledgebase that powers LexChecker.

For example, a search using the word ‘count’ has as one of its results
the chunk ‘it’s the thought that counts’ (as the current LexChecker
does) but in addition shows links to ‘parents’ of this chunk, so upward
to ‘it’s the [noun] that counts’ and further up to the proto-cleft ‘it’s the
[noun] that [verb]’, each step accompanied by a link to all attested
examples from BNC (and more corpora in the future).

In addition, clicking on any part of speech appearing in any of the
chunks triggers a pop-up list of all the words attested in that exact slot
(and their frequencies). So, no need to link to examples just to see
what words occupy a slot. This and more will be part of the next
release of LexChecker.

Why are we posting this now? We are delighted that LexChecker
receives queries from 30 to 40 different countries every month. Since
we make LexChecker completely accessible on the Web for free and
with no user accounts, however, most of its use and its value to users
fly below our radar. Right now we are preparing the proposal for our
next period of research funding and are posting now to ask that any of
you who have found LexChecker to be useful since it appeared last
November might email us some ‘testimonials’ on its value to you or your
group, whether in teaching, lexicography, translation or any other
endeavors. These we would include in the proposal as supporting
documents to help make our case for continued research funding for
our work. It would be most helpful if you include your name and
affiliation along with whatever you would like to say about LexChecker.

You can email your comments to: adminlexchecker.org

LexChecker is at: www.lexchecker.org

This request for words of support or testimonials is made in the hope
that some of its value might show up on the radar for us and in turn
show up in our proposal for the next round of funding. Many thanks in

David Wible and Nai-Lung Tsao
National Central University
Jhongli, Taiwan

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

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