[Corpora-List] Concordancing on a tablet/phone (and desktop Windows/Mac) with The Prime Machine

Steve Jeaco steve.jeaco at xjtlu.edu.cn
Thu Mar 17 10:07:29 CET 2022


Dear all,

I just wanted to pass on the message that I have just published several guides on The Prime Machine website, and these are in PDF and DOCX with Creative Commons licensing, so anyone can freely use and adapt them, just by giving attribution. The guides cover learning more about academic synonyms and collocations, building a corpus, using tPM's corpus data in handouts or worksheets and ideas for revising a thesis. There's over 100 pages of instructions and tips. Links to the documents and a selected bibliography are available from The Prime Machine's Help page: https://www.theprimemachine.net/help.html

The Prime Machine HD was released on the App Store and on Google Play a few weeks ago. It is free and runs on macOS, iPad, iPhone, Android and Windows.

Best wishes,

Steve

Dr. Stephen Jeaco Department of Applied Linguistics,

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University,

________________________________ From: Steve Jeaco Sent: 08 May 2021 09:07 To: Corpora at uib.no Subject: Concordancing on a tablet/phone (and desktop Windows/Mac) with The Prime Machine

Dear all,

Since announcing the public availability of The Prime Machine about 2 years ago, versions for Windows 64 Bit, MacOS, iOS and Android have been developed and some new features have been added. The tablet/phone versions still need some cosmetic adjustments, but if you are interested in using the iPhone/iPad version it can be installed and used for free using Apple’s official TestFlight App. Teachers, students and researchers (and anyone interested) can use this link: https://testflight.apple.com/join/wdOUFJI1. As before, Windows versions can be installed for free from the Microsoft Store, while for MacOS is a free download from the website for an Apple notarized version. All links can be found on www.theprimemachine.net<http://www.theprimemachine.net/>. Over the last few months and years, I’ve published several papers exploring some special features of tPM including concordance line sorting, concordance cards, handling of collocations, features for vocabulary needs analysis, and how it can be used to explore metadata/text labels in new ways.

tPM has many features for its readymade corpora (hosted on the server), and also many features for analyzing DIY corpora. The game mode is still in early development.

Performance and usability of tPM seems pretty stable from my perspective, particularly for users with fast internet connections to East China, where the server is based.

Looking forward, I’m currently reflecting on whether users (or potential users) would be interested in a mirror server for tPM to be hosted outside China; what possibilities exist for free access to a wider range of corpora; how best to distribute the Android version; and whether re-recording videos or developing additional materials on how to use tPM for language learning, dissertation editing and UG/PG research projects would be helpful.

tPM is completely free. But it takes a lot of time and some not insignificant costs for development. In the absence of international conference networking, some comments or input or discussions about possible partnerships would be most welcome. If you have suggestions, you’re interested in collaborating or you find tPM useful, please send me a message.

Best wishes,

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