[Corpora-List] Search Wordsmith by tag passive voice

Jer M jlmcghee at gmail.com
Thu Mar 1 18:52:01 CET 2007


Linda,

Using the view.byu.edu BNC interface enter [vb*] [v?n] and this will give
you a frequency list.

I know its not wordsmith but there it is

Jeremiah McGhee

On 3/1/07, Georg Marko <georg.marko at uni-graz.at> wrote:

>

> Dear Linda,

>

> I just tried a search (on a different corpus, but also one with the same

> tag set, even though the tags are attached to the ending rather than to the

> beginning of words). Anyway the following should work:

>

> <w VBD>* <w VVN> I put * after the first tag to mean any form of BE

>

> <w VB*

>

> This should include all forms of *be *(I think VBD just refers to the past

> tense and does not occur on its own just as VBDZ for *was*, and VBDR for *

> were*)

>

> <w VVN>*

>

> This should include any word classified as a past participle.

> So the search string *<w VB* <w VVN>* *should work, maybe also <w VB* and

> <w VVN>* as context word (with horizon 0/2), because this would also cover

> passives with an adverb intervening between the auxiliary and the participle

> (e.g. *was really adopted*).

>

> I may have made a mistake here myself...

>

> Best regards

>

> Georg

>

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>

>

> "I drew a treasure map on your hand"

> Ani diFranco

>

>

>

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