Find Collocated Words
Submitted by sondheim on Sat, 02/26/2011 - 23:34
This is a recipe to find collocated words for a key word
- An electronic text to explore
- A CollocationCollocation refers to the occurrence of words adjacently more often than would be expected by chance.
Collocation is the relationship between two words or groups of words that often go together and form a common expression. If the expression is heard often, the words become 'glued' together in our minds. 'Crystal clear', 'middle management' 'nuclear family' and 'cosmetic surgery' are examples of collocated pairs of words. Some words are often found together because they make up a compound noun, for example 'riding boots' or 'motor cyclist'.
Return to Glossary. tool such as the TAPoR Find Collocates Tool
- Get an electronic text from a source such as Project Gutenberg ;
- Choose a keyword you are interested in;
- Find collocated words using the TAPoR Find Collocates Tool;
- Explore the results for interesting combonations of words.
Possible sources for electronic texts are listed on the Electronic Texts Panel of TAPoR. When preparing text for analysis, you should be aware that academic infrastructure included in the text may obstruct reading the text for its original construction. It may be useful to remove notes and other materials added by subsequent authors from the original work. You can use tools such TAPoR Extract Text to remove added material.
- Exercise Identifying Themes within a Text
- Help with Particular Tools
- Background on Text Analysis
- Information about the TAPoR Collocation Tool