What is lexis?
Computers and the Internet
A case in point
- He strummed a few cords on the guitar.
- The hurricane reeked havoc in the area.
- I always try and give him a really wide birth when I see him
What are corpora?
First stop: the dictionary
For Better English - GDEX Dictionary
|Grammatical label||Collocate||Sample sentence (extracts)|
|pp_of||condition||in the harshest conditions|
|np_adj_comp_of||seem||it seems a bit harsh|
|modifies||reality||The harsh reality ...|
|adj_comp_of||seem||which seemed quite harsh|
Just the Word
- JWT works with phrasal verbs like wait for, but not with phrases such as bad temper.
- Unlike GDEX, JWT gives you a ranking figure for each collocation, so you can see how different collocations compare.
- JWT is good for people who are specifically interested in how words collocate in British English, as it seems to be based on the British National Corpus (BNC).
- Clicking on any of the collocations brings up a page of example sentences from the BNC.
- before a word or expression - ? unlikely eg
- after a word or expression - unlikely ? eg
- between two words or expressions - In the unlikely ? that eg
Note - Oxford Collocations Dictionary
Finding chunks - vocabulary in context
British National Corpus - Simple
Google site search
Other vocabulary tools
Google Ngram Viewer
LexTutor Corpus Concordance
BNC, COCA and others at Brigham Young University
- Leoxicon - a blog dedicated to the use of corpora in the teaching of English to foreign students.
- The lexical approach - links on Leoxicon to relevant articles
- Lexical Tools - short discusion on some of the tools I've mentioned, with links for teachers to suggested classroom activities.
- The Guardian - article by Leo Selivan
More advanced access to corpora
- Sketch Engine
- Corpora at Brigham Young University - BNC, COCA and others
- Phrases in English - BNC