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Title: Google N-Gram
Post by: ArielTheMermaid on May 07, 2014, 06:33:54 PM
Google has started its own "corpus" site called n-gram viewer--here is the website:

Essentially you can see what words/phrases are being used more frequently over time. Help on how to use the site and input text is found here:

This site uses Google Books as their primary source of texts and up to this point, you cannot view your input text in context. However, this could be a good basic tool for seeing what words are being used, if you are unsure what word collocates with another word--such as : is it "give a doubt" or "raise a doubt" and you can see which one is more frequent. Could be cool to use with students, but I have not explored it much yet.
Title: Re: Google N-Gram
Post by: jmerchant88 on May 08, 2014, 11:52:30 AM
This seems like a neat tool to use with students. If you were to use this tool with them, would you provide some training on how to use it? This could be interesting to use with feedback. For instance, if you see that a student is misusing a word or phrase, you could direct them to Google N-Gram and have them search for it. It might even be possible to give them the correct use of the word or phrase and have them search for both. They could see which one is more common and decide which one is correct given the context.

Are there other corpus sites that you like to use?