Fixing the ‘Range check error’ in Range

I finally got Paul Nation’s Range program to work with my base word files, thanks to S.F.. The problem was in the fact I had unnecessary tabs and carriage returns between word families. But not having a digit after each word (like the original files) didn’t seem to affect the program’s performance.More

Speaking isn’t the key

… most students learn how to speak English by actually speaking it. This comment original made in a letter to a Taiwanese newspaper about how teachers should make sure students produce a lot of L2 language while in classroom echoes the sentiment and attitude of many teachers in Japan. It could well have been a…More

Corsis corpus tool

Corsis (formerly Tenka Text) is a now an open source project at Sourceforge. It is a freeware designed to look and feel like the commercial software and corpus tool standard, Wordsmith Tools. For more details and download see the Corsis main page.More

Wildcards

This tutorial will look at ways to make more specific search terms by using wildcards in Antconc. So you have found an interesting word to focus on… a verb perhaps. The problem is verbs have more than one form. The verb “play”, for example, also has forms such as “plays” (the thirds person singular), “playing”…More

Concordancing

This tutorial will look at some of the ways to enhance your concordance searches and views for Antconc. So you have made concordance lines. But you cannot see any “pattern” in the lines. What you need to do is sort them. Sort Under the Search Term box are some controls labeled “KWIC sort”. KWIC stands…More

Opening files; word list; concordance

This tutorial will teach you the basics of using the Antconc concordancer. Run the Antconc program. In order to analyse a corpus we need to 1) open a file or files, 2) make a word list of it, and 3) make concordance lines. Strictly speaking making a word list is not a necessary step in…More

How to convert Word Document files into plain-text files

In order to use the contents of a Word Document (“.doc” or “.docx” extension) in a concordancer it must be converted or saved as a plain text file (“.txt” extension). I will outline two different ways you can do this below. Method 1 (recommended) open the document in Word, do a “select all” (ctrl+A), “copy”…More

Word Count

Found this nice little interactive Flash interface called Word Count. Try it out. It makes one think about words in a new and different way.More

Corpus Tools page

I have now added a corpus tools page with a listing of concordancers I have tried. I do not want to review them as choice is a personal thing. However, you will see here from time to time about things about certain programs which I have found interesting through usage.More