[Corpora-List] help with WS concordance search by syntax

Geoffrey Williams geoffrey.williams at wanadoo.fr
Fri Jun 16 12:34:03 CEST 2006


Hi Linda,

Lovely to hear from you.

I too did not find 'Linda Bawcom of Huston' in the BNC, maybe because
you were not in Huston when the BNC was built. However, the answer to
your query may lie in TEI syntax. If you try the full syntax of <w
type="NP0 you will get results. You can add in <w type="PRF if you want
'of' in context.The full syntax includes the lemma, which is why I have
left the tag open so as to get all instances of NP0.

For the sake of speed I tested this on the BNC baby rather than the full
corpus. I used a search on Bill Clinton of Arkansas, which I found by
using Clinton+of, to build up a full pattern.

Hope this helps

Geoffrey

Dr. G. C. Williams
Professeur des Universités
Université de Bretagne Sud,
Lorient, France




Linda Bawcom a écrit :


>Dear friends, colleagues and list members,

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> I once again need your expertise.

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> I am using the BNC and Wordsmith (as many of probably know by now). I want to find instances of : Proper Name of Place (e.g. Linda Bawcom of Houston). At first I just tried (after finding an example in a text)<w NP0>* to get a frequency on proper names, but (eventually) got a slip stream error, so (in desperation) I tried for 'of' and also got (eventually) another slip stream error. So lastly I tried <w NP0>* [and] of (to avoid the slip stream problem) and and got no examples. I leave a space between the * and [and] and then another space before 'of'. Is it possible that there are actually no instances? Or can those of you who are experts searching by tag tell me what I'm doing wrong?

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> Kindest regards,

> Linda

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