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Combining user needs, lexicographic data and digital writing environments

Frankenberg-Garcia, Ana (2018) Combining user needs, lexicographic data and digital writing environments Language Teaching.

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The past decades have seen dramatic improvements dictionary content and format. Yet dictionaries – both paper-based and digital – remain disappointingly underused. As a result, it is widely acknowledged that more needs to be done to train people in dictionary-consultation skills. Another solution would be to build lexicographic resources that require little or no instruction. In this talk, I will present the ColloCaid project, whose aim is to develop a lexicographic tool that combines user needs, lexicographic data and digital writing environments to bring dictionaries to writers instead of waiting for them to get the information they need from dictionaries. Our focus is on helping writers produce more idiomatic texts by integrating lexicographic data on collocations into text editors in a way that does not distract them from their writing. A distinguishing characteristic of ColloCaid is that it is not limited to providing feedback on miscollocations. It also aims to ‘feed forward’, raising awareness of collocations writers may not remember or know how to look up. While our initial prototype is being developed specifically for Academic English, the implications of our research can be broadened to other languages and usages beyond academic.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
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Date : 25 September 2018
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : 10.1017/S0261444818000277
Copyright Disclaimer : © Cambridge University Press 2018. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Additional Information : Revised version of a plenary address given at TechLing 2017, University of Bologna, Forlì, Italy, 10–11 November 2017.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 24 Jul 2018 13:46
Last Modified : 05 Sep 2019 10:42

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