Re: Corpora: Collaborative effort

From: Jem Clear (
Date: Sun Jun 11 2000 - 12:18:05 MET DST

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    > Brilliant idea. But, who does all the processing involved, or do the
    > contributors make these decisions? Attached is a list of 1500+
    > concordanced lines fromn about 100 million words I've sucked off the
    > web. Probably useless unless someone has the time to decide how and
    > what to include.


    The key part of the idea is that anyone can, without too much effort
    or time, pick some (two or three or twenty or whatever) examples from
    a corpus they have to hand whicj **they think** match the posted
    sense. So the 1500 examples you sent me aren't much use, I'm afraid,
    becuase you have simply concordanced "fierce" from a large
    corpus. What I hoped was that you would pick a few of those
    concordance lines which you think match the sense of "fierce" I
    posted. Then, through minimal effort on your part, plus the minimal
    effort of some tens of other willing participants, we would all have a
    set of maybe a hundred concordance lines showing "fierce" used in the
    posted sense. That's the crucial thing -- you spend no significant
    time agonizing over the task; you just quickly pick some concordanc
    elines and send them in. Sure, not everyone will agree 100% that the
    lines you've picked exactly match the sense I posted (first because
    the sense I posted was just an arbitrary definition taken from one
    dictionary which is clearly inadequate to define and delimit precisely
    a semantic range; and second, because no-one is going to validate or
    check your examples to make sure they do indeed exemplify the required
    sense). The point is there may be fuzzy edges, but in the main the
    examples collected will be a valuable dataset.

    Thanks for your contribution


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