Display modes in the BYU corpora

Please note: not all display modes are available in all corpora, e.g. the Wikipedia corpus doesn’t offer a chart view.

List

The list view is the most basic display mode. It simply lists your search term or all possible forms of it, if you used lemma, wildcard or PoS searches. Beyond that, the frequency of each form is shown and, depending on the corpus, visualised in charts. Click on one word in order to see it in context.

Search string: e-* (wildcard search)

Chart

The chart view visualises the results in bars. Please note: the bars are based on relative frequencies in words per million, not absolute frequencies (although those are shown, as well, along with the number of words in the respective sections of the corpus). However, the results can also be sorted by the number of tokens. Click on section name to return to chronological sorting.

Search string: e-*

Collocates

Collocates are simply defined as nearby words and provide useful information on the meaning and usage of a search term. You can set how far away on either the right or left side of the search terms the collocates should be found, then enter the collocate you’re interested in. It’s also possible to use wildcards or search for specific parts of speech (click on POS to insert the abbreviations for them).

Search string: e-*, any collocates (*) on two to the left and the right of the search term

Compare

The compare view allows for comparisons between the collocates associated with two words. The results are ordered first by ratio (score), i.e. collocates that are over-represented for word 1 are green and on the top and vice versa. Again, click on number to see the tokens in context

Search strings: e-book and e-reader, any collocates (*) within up to four words each to the left and the right of the search term

KWIC (Keywords in Context)

The KWIC display lets you order alphabetically by words on the left or the right of your search term. You can choose the order by clicking in the boxes. The asterisk resets your selection.

Search string: e-mail, sorted first by the following word, then by the preceding one