ColloCaid: A Real-time Tool to Help Academic Writers with English Collocations

author: Robert Lew, Adam Mickiewicz University
published: July 27, 2018,   recorded: July 2018,   views: 737


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Writing is a cognitively challenging activity that can benefit from lexicographic support. Academic writing in English presents a particular challenge, given the extent of use of English for this purpose. The ColloCaid tool, currently under development, responds to this challenge. It is intended to assist academic English writers by providing collocation suggestions, as well as alerting writers to unconventional collocational choices as they write. The underlying collocational data are based on a carefully curated set of about 500 collocational bases (nouns, verbs, and adjectives) characteristic of academic English, and their collocates with illustrative examples. These data have been derived from state-of-the-art corpora of academic English and academic vocabulary lists. The manual curation by expert lexicographers and reliance on specifically Academic English textual resources are what distinguishes ColloCaid from existing collocational resources. A further characteristic of ColloCaid is its strong emphasis on usability. The tool draws on dictionary-user research, findings in information visualization, as well as usability testing specific to ColloCaid in order to find an optimal amount of collocation prompts, and the best way to present them to the user.

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Comment1 JamesPatter, January 10, 2022 at 10:42 p.m.:

I am sure that it is really difficult for the English teachers to get involved in the new techniques of teaching when it comes to collocations. The academic writers also need to be up-to-date, so they can see the top examples on resource where even such subjects as The Kite Runner overview are discussed. I suppose checking the newest samples could be even easier.

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