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The Open-Source FLAX Language System
Alannah Fitzgerald
Shaoqun Wu
Ian H. Witten
Xiaofeng Yu
The eBook of FLAX
“FLAX (Flexible Language Acquisition) is
both a vision and a tool that you can use for
language learning...
WHO ARE WE IN THIS FLAX
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
COLLABORATION?
FLAX Language at Waikato University
http://flax.nzdl.org FLAX image by permission of non-commercial reuse by Jane Galloway
FLAX Language Project at the
Greenstone Digital Library Lab,
Waikato University NZ
Professor Ian Witten
FLAX Project Lead
...
Research on Open FLAX Collections
http://oerresearchhub.org/
Alannah Fitzgerald
Open Fellow with OERRH
FLAX Language & Ope...
OPEN SOURCE LANGUAGE TOOLS
DEVELOPMENT
FLAX Digital
Library
Collections
Collocations
database
Glossary
Open
Educational
Resources
Google-esque Interface Designs
Designed for the non-expert corpus user, namely:
learners, teachers, subject academics, ins...
Introducing the Wikipedia Miner Toolkit
(Milne & Witten, 2013)
Building Interactivity into
FLAX Language Collections
FLAX Activities Continued
Free Android Apps
FLAX Across Platforms
• FLAX Website flax.nzdl.org for hosting open online
language collections
• Building directly onto t...
DOMAIN-SPECIFIC OPEN
LANGUAGE COLLECTIONS BUILDING
The eBook of FLAX
“FLAX enables teachers to build bespoke
libraries very easily. It is built upon powerful
digital library...
Working with Full Texts
Wikify Your Collections
Domain-specific Collocations
We focus on lexical collocations with noun-based
structures because they are the most salient...
Lexical Bundles
“Lexical bundles” are multi-word sequences with distinctive
syntactic patterns and discourse functions tha...
Lexical Bundles
Collocations Within Collections
Linking to the FLAX Learning Collocations
Collection (Wikipedia, BNC, BAWE)
Good Ol’ Part-Of-Speech Tagging
References
• Biber, D., Conrad, S., & Cortes, V. (2003). Lexical bundles in
speech and writing: an initial taxonomy. In A....
Look Out for FLAX in April with
Russell Stannard’s - Teacher Training Videos
http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com
Thank You
FLAX Language Project & Software Downloads: http://flax.nzdl.org/
The How-to eBook of FLAX: http://flax-
doc.nzd...
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The Open-Source FLAX Language System

  1. 1. The Open-Source FLAX Language System Alannah Fitzgerald Shaoqun Wu Ian H. Witten Xiaofeng Yu
  2. 2. The eBook of FLAX “FLAX (Flexible Language Acquisition) is both a vision and a tool that you can use for language learning. The Web contains innumerable language activities, quizzes, and games, but they are fixed: the activities are cast in stone and the material is chosen by others. Our vision is to put the control back where it belongs, in the hands of teachers and learners.”
  3. 3. WHO ARE WE IN THIS FLAX RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT COLLABORATION?
  4. 4. FLAX Language at Waikato University http://flax.nzdl.org FLAX image by permission of non-commercial reuse by Jane Galloway
  5. 5. FLAX Language Project at the Greenstone Digital Library Lab, Waikato University NZ Professor Ian Witten FLAX Project Lead Dr Shaoqun Wu FLAX Project Lead Researcher & Developer
  6. 6. Research on Open FLAX Collections http://oerresearchhub.org/ Alannah Fitzgerald Open Fellow with OERRH FLAX Language & Open Education Researcher
  7. 7. OPEN SOURCE LANGUAGE TOOLS DEVELOPMENT
  8. 8. FLAX Digital Library Collections Collocations database Glossary Open Educational Resources
  9. 9. Google-esque Interface Designs Designed for the non-expert corpus user, namely: learners, teachers, subject academics, instructional designers and language resource developers.
  10. 10. Introducing the Wikipedia Miner Toolkit (Milne & Witten, 2013)
  11. 11. Building Interactivity into FLAX Language Collections
  12. 12. FLAX Activities Continued
  13. 13. Free Android Apps
  14. 14. FLAX Across Platforms • FLAX Website flax.nzdl.org for hosting open online language collections • Building directly onto the Web with OER • FLAX multilingual open-source software for download • Set up your own FLAX server online or; • Build collections offline for use on your PC • FLAX Android app for download • Interact with game-based FLAX collections while on the go • FLAX for MOODLE plug-in for download • FLAX for MOOC Platforms? • FLAX in conjunction with translation technologies?
  15. 15. DOMAIN-SPECIFIC OPEN LANGUAGE COLLECTIONS BUILDING
  16. 16. The eBook of FLAX “FLAX enables teachers to build bespoke libraries very easily. It is built upon powerful digital library technology, and provides access to vast linguistic resources containing countless examples of actual, authentic, usage in contemporary text. But teachers can also build collections using their own material, focusing on language learning in a particular domain (e.g., business, law) or motivating students by using text from a particular context (e.g., country or region, common interests).”
  17. 17. Working with Full Texts
  18. 18. Wikify Your Collections
  19. 19. Domain-specific Collocations We focus on lexical collocations with noun-based structures because they are the most salient and important patterns in domain-specific text. Collocations from the English Common Law MOOC: • verb + noun e.g. abolish judicial review • noun + noun e.g. precedent case • adjective + noun e.g. common law • noun + of + noun e.g. court of appeal
  20. 20. Lexical Bundles “Lexical bundles” are multi-word sequences with distinctive syntactic patterns and discourse functions that are commonly used in academic prose (Biber & Barbieri, 2007; Biber et al, 2003, 2004). Bundles from British Law Report Corpus (BLaRC): • noun phrase + of e.g. In the course of his • prepositional phrase + of e.g. on the part of the • it + verb/adjective phrase e.g. it is common ground that • be + noun/adjective phrase e.g. be taken into account in • verb phrase + that e.g. There is no doubt that
  21. 21. Lexical Bundles
  22. 22. Collocations Within Collections
  23. 23. Linking to the FLAX Learning Collocations Collection (Wikipedia, BNC, BAWE)
  24. 24. Good Ol’ Part-Of-Speech Tagging
  25. 25. References • Biber, D., Conrad, S., & Cortes, V. (2003). Lexical bundles in speech and writing: an initial taxonomy. In A. Wilson, P. Rayson, & T. McEnery (Eds.), Corpus linguistics by the lune: A festschrift for Geoffrey Leech (pp. 71–92). Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang. • Biber, D., Conrad, S., & Cortes, V. (2004). If you look at . . .: lexical bundles in university teaching and textbooks. Applied Linguistics, 25, 371–405. Biber, D. (2006). University Language, A corpus-based study of spoken and written registers. John Benjamins, Amsterdam. • Biber, D., Barbieri F. (2007). Lexical bundles in university spoken and written registers. English for Specific Purpose, 26, 263–286. • Milne, D. & Witten, I.H. (2013). An open-source toolkit for mining Wikipedia. Artificial Intelligence, 194, 222-239.
  26. 26. Look Out for FLAX in April with Russell Stannard’s - Teacher Training Videos http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com
  27. 27. Thank You FLAX Language Project & Software Downloads: http://flax.nzdl.org/ The How-to eBook of FLAX: http://flax- doc.nzdl.org/BOOK_OF_FLAX/BookofFLAX%20fullsize%20with%20links.pdf FLAX Game-based Apps for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=FLAX%20TEAM&hl=en Alannah Fitzgerald: a_fitzg@education.concordia.ca Shaoqun Wu: shaoqun@waikato.ac.nz Ian Witten: ihw@cs.waikato.ac.nz Xiaofeng (Alex) Yu: Alex.Yu@wintec.ac.nz OER Research Hub: http://oerresearchhub.org/ TOETOE Technology for Open English Blog: www.alannahfitzgerald.org Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/AlannahOpenEd/ Twitter: @AlannahFitz

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