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Word tools

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  • Many thanks for your feedback, KLSagert. I'm currently making some more open language collections with MOOC content to demonstrate how to make language collections using the open FLAX software. I'll be blogging about this in the coming months and will upload the posts as pdfs to slideshare and scribid also. All the best!
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Word tools

  1. 1. <ul><li>Word Tools </li></ul>CC-BY Alannah Fitzgerald
  2. 2. Session One Overview <ul><li>Tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Flexible Language Acquisition project (FLAX) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Compleat Lexical Tutor (Lextutor) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Language Focus: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Definition (usage + frequency) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Derivatives / word families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Register </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Let’s start with three questions about English <ul><li>What is the meaning of goalless ? </li></ul><ul><li>How many forms of the word economy can you think of? E.g. adjective form </li></ul><ul><li>Which word goes before the following phrases? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the effects of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the likelihood of future… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the cost of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the number of people… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the poverty in… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from Hoffmann et al., 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Where do you start? 08/02/12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/60810582@N04/galleries/72157629220721347/
  5. 5. Definition <ul><li>What is the meaning of goalless ? </li></ul>
  6. 7. Google *FLAX language* http://tinyurl.com/ 7ea4tzq
  7. 8. Meaning + Usage + Frequency <ul><li>*goalless* search in the FLAX Web Phrases collection </li></ul>
  8. 9. Web Phrases OER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67FBqBFm6I
  9. 10. FLAX Web Phrases Collection Search ( http://flax2.nzdl.org/greenstone3/flax?a=p&sa=home&module =)
  10. 11. Web phrases checking activity (a) <ul><li>Original: </li></ul><ul><li>The variation of these ratios presents some insights about the financial intermediary role of banks. </li></ul><ul><li>(sourced from the dissertation of a Farsi-speaking student of Economics) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from Tim John’s EAP Kibitzers http://lexically.net/TimJohns/Kibbitzer/revis012.htm </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Web phrases checking activity (b) <ul><li>Revision: </li></ul><ul><li>The variation of these ratios presents some insights into the financial intermediary role of banks. </li></ul><ul><li>(sourced from the dissertation of a Farsi-speaking student of Economics) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Adapted from Tim John’s EAP Kibitzers http://lexically.net/TimJohns/Kibbitzer/revis012.htm </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Derivatives / Word families <ul><li>How many forms of the word economy can you think of? E.g. adjective form </li></ul>
  13. 14. Highlighting aspects of lexical knowledge tell make listen to laugh at do a joke Economy Economies economical uneconomical economically economist take a photograph convince sby of sth that ... to do sth He tried to convince me that it wasn’t his fault. She convinced him to lend her $100. make sby believe sth is true persuade notorious (for ~) (-) famous for sth bad Rome is notorious for pickpockets . notoriously
  14. 15. Typical lexical errors … demanded that they do economic sanctions and revoke all commercial and trade agreements signed with… They conversated for almost one hour. … it seems that the widespread utilization of informatics… collocation word families / derivatives register impose/enforce conversed can be observed
  15. 16. Reporting verbs analyses/analysed compares/compared comments/commented concludes/concluded criticises/criticised demonstrates/demonstrated discusses/discussed illustrates/illustrated indicates/indicated notes/noted investigates/investigated evaluates/evaluated estimates/estimated observes/observed points out/pointed out reports/reported shows/showed suggests/suggested validates/validated verifies/verified argues/argued disputes/disputed concedes/conceded believes/believed recognises/recognised predicts/predicted
  16. 17. Web Pronouns Phrases OER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns4nXsZQmUA
  17. 18. FLAX Web Pronoun Phrases Collection Search ( http://flax2.nzdl.org/greenstone3/flax?a=p&sa=home&module =)
  18. 19. FLAX Web Pronoun Phrases Collection Search ( http://flax2.nzdl.org/greenstone3/flax?a=p&sa=home&module =) Noticing Text Types – Issues of Register and Genre
  19. 20. FLAX Web Pronoun Phrases Collection Search ( http://flax2.nzdl.org/greenstone3/flax?a=p&sa=home&module =)
  20. 21. Collocations <ul><li>Which word goes before the following phrases? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the effects of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the likelihood of future… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the cost of… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the number of people… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>_________ the poverty in… </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Compleat Lexical Tutor (Tom Cobb) http://www.lextutor.ca/
  22. 23. Web Collocations OER http://www.lextutor.ca/vp/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyZgZhHMovI
  23. 24. <ul><li>Collocation guessing game in FLAX </li></ul>
  24. 25. AWL Exercises (Nottingham) http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~alzsh3/acvocab/index.htm
  25. 26. UEFAP (Andy Gillett) http://www.uefap.com/index.htm
  26. 27. Specific EAP vocab (UEFAP) http://www.uefap.com/vocab/vocfram.htm
  27. 28. Preparation (session two) <ul><li>More FLAX collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on specific subject language </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Samples of your own writing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soft copy versions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reading, writing and vocabulary exercises </li></ul>

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