PhraseContext
August 15, 2012 — 10:52

PhraseContext is a writing and language analysis tool for the serious researcher, teacher and student. Below is listed the many tasks PhraseContext Ver 1.0.2 build 70 can do:

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Writing tool:

  • With PhraseContext you can easily study how key-terms are used, what words they go well together with.
  • You can inductively solve problems of grammar and lexis.
  • Once problems have been solved enter a sample of the text + the keyword + comments on it in you PhraseBook for esay retrieval.
  • Share a PhraseBook across a network with colleagues. Or export it as an XML-file together with a formatting XSL-file for easy access.
  • The PhraseBook is a fully editable XML-file. No database engine needed.

Language analysis and phraseological studies:

  • Create wordlists for a big corpus. PhraseContext is tested extensively with corpora of 1,000.000 words. The wordlist gives actual word counts, and percent of the total number of tokens in the corpus. Calculates word lengths.
  • Get the context of selected keywords (more than 2,000 Key-Words-In-Context are produced in less than 1 sec.from a 1,000.000 word corpus.
  • In one go: greate Keyword-In-Context of a series of words.
  • Calculate Type/Token ratio of a large number of files.
  • Retrieve clusters of a length between 3 to 6 words. Analyse the context (“concordance”) of these clusters.
  • Get collocations (span of 4 words left and right of keyword/expression). Calculate statistical significance – T-score, Z-Score and Mutual Information in just one grid.
  • Easy export to textformat – for saving or copying into a report – of clusters, citations, wordlist and collocations.
  • Share wordlists and citations through export to XML-format – and apply a XSL-formatting style-sheet.
  • Sentence length analysis – both in key numerical figures and as a chart – save this to a “bmp”-file.
  • Complex Regular Expression’s search patterns. Editor with syntax highlighting.
  • Very easy creation of custom “stoplist” for calculation of lexical density. Once created the stoplist can be saved and reloaded.
  • Save citations and wordlist to PhraseContext’s own format for easy and and fast reloading

Literature analysis:

  • Discover a novel, poem og play’s keyterms’ linguistic surroundings. Did you know, for example, that in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House the most frequent collocations of “mann” (i.e. man) are the possessive pronouns my, your, yours! That the expression “hva er det” (‘what is that’/'what is it’) occurs 32 times – and is the most frequent 3-word cluster in the play. That in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe “noble” and “ancient” are true collocations of Saxon, but not of Norman!
  • Calculate the lexical density of a work of literature (again: A Doll’s House has a lexical density of 48.7%)

Teaching:

  • Easily load your students’ essay and analyse them for known over/underuse of certain words.
  • Let your students work with their own texts and edit them directly in PhraseContext‘s editor.
  • Analyse lexical density of their writing.
  • Prepare exercises. For example: Compose a set of concordance lines which require different modifiers, leave out the keywords and let the students fill it in. The editing can be done directly in PhraseContext, and the edited exercise converted to printable text. See an example here. With a (not supplied) javascript/XSL-file this can be converted to an interactive exercise.

General:

  • Single or multiple file corpus.
  • Corpus viewer is a small editor with search/replace for interactive work.
  • Full and precise control of worddelimiters and alphabet (wordcharacters)
  • Ignore html-mark-up.
  • Adjust context for sense unit – delimiters determined by you.
  • Create a concordance of all the words of a corpus.
  • Plain Windows 32-bit software and no dll’s or plug-ins required.
  • Load default single-file corpus on start-up.
  • Everything is made “on-the-fly” so parametres can easily be changed and new results presented.
  • Main executable file only 1.9 mb.
  • Integrated help-file with references to further reading and relevant specialised literature.

XML-output:

  • PhraseContext can output wordlists, citations and phrasebooks in XML-format for further processing and web-display with added XSL-formattings stylesheets or java-script. Below are some examples. These are not worth much in themselves, and they’re only supplied here to give some idea of the structure of the XML output, and some ideas for XSL-formatting. The idea was to create a basic XML-compliant output that can then be manipulated by means of other tools (css, xsl) designed for that use. I’ll be happy to host other people’s stylesheets on this site. Drop me a line with a description together with the script.

Screenshots:

Sample XML-output with XSL-formatting:

  • XML-Wordlist formatted with supplied XSL-fil
  • Raw XML Wordlist
  • XML-Citations formatted with supplied XSL-file

Text output:

For reports, essays and other text-based tasks all the important information about a text produced by PhraseContext can easily be converted to plain text. This can either be copied to the clipboard, or it can be saved to a text-file. Below is a sample of statistics of collocations.

  • Statistics text output
  • Sample exercise made with PhraseContext

Raw XML:

  • Raw XML Citations
  • XML-Phrasebook

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