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CQPweb - combining power, flexibility and usability in a corpus analysis tool

Hardie, Andrew (2012) CQPweb - combining power, flexibility and usability in a corpus analysis tool. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 17 (3). 380–409. ISSN 1384-6655

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Abstract

CQPweb is a new web-based corpus analysis system, intended to address the conflicting requirements for usability and power in corpus analysis software. To do this, its user interface emulates the BNCweb system. Like BNCweb, CQPweb is built on two separate query technologies: the IMS Open Corpus Workbench and the MySQL relational database. CQPweb’s main innovative feature is its flexibility; its more generalised data model makes it compatible with any corpus. The analysis options available in CQPweb include: concordancing; collocations; distribution tables and charts; frequency lists; and keywords or key tags. An evaluation of CQPweb against criteria earlier laid down for a future web-based corpus analysis tool suggests that it fulfils many, but not all, of the requirements foreseen for such a piece of software. Despite some limitations, in making a sophisticated query system accessible to untrained users, CQPweb combines ease of use, power and flexibility to a very high degree.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords: concordancer ; Corpus Workbench ; database ; web interface ; corpus analysis tool
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 62711
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2013 08:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 03:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/62711

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