comparison of the old and new BYU search syntax

Type of search CQP syntax Previous BYU syntax New syntax Example
Word [word = “nooks”] nooks nooks nooks and crannies
Lemma (forms of word) [lemma = “decide”] [decide] DECIDE DECIDE that it
Part of speech [tag = “NN.”] [nn*] NOUN fast NOUN
Synonyms Not possible [=soft] =soft soft, smooth, quiet
Customized word lists Not possible [emailAddress@clothes] @clothes dress, shoe, sock
Combinations of preceding [lemma = “end” & pos = “VV.”] [end].[v*] END_v end, ends, ended, ending
Combinations of preceding [lemma = “eat”] [tag = “NN.”] [eat] * [nn*] EAT * NOUN ate the bananas, eat some cake
Combinations of preceding Not possible [[emailAddress@clothes]] @CLOTHES dress, dresses, shoe, shoes
Combinations of preceding Not possible [[=clean]].[v*] =CLEAN_v cleans, scoured, washing
Combinations of preceding Not possible [wear] * [=nice] [email@clothes] WEAR * =nice @CLOTHES wore some good-looking pants

It’s possible to use either the old or the new syntax or even a combination of the two.

see: http://corpus.byu.edu/updates2016.asp