Collocations are words which are conventionally used together (e.g. collect data, change dramatically, highly significant, etc.).
Violating collocation conventions can result in errors (e.g. *depend of something) or awkward, non-idiomatic text (e.g. *a large mistake).
This affects not only writing, but also reading, since texts with collocation problems are more difficult to process.
Our research involves investigating user needs, the visualisation of lexicographic data and human-computer interaction. More specifically, the ColloCaid project aims to develop a text-editing tool to help writers choose words that go well together (i.e., collocations) as and when they are needed. While the focus of our research is on supporting users of academic English with collocations like design+system or successfully+achieved, its implications can be broadened to other languages and usages beyond academic. A distinguishing characteristic of ColloCaid is that it is not limited to providing feedback on collocation problems. Its main aim is to feed forward, raising real-time awareness of collocations writers may not remember or know how to look up, in a way that does not disrupt their writing.
Dr Ana Frankenberg-Garcia
Prof. Jonathan C. Roberts
Prof. Robert Lew
DR Geraint Paul Rees
is funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council for a period of 36 months. Keywords: Applied Linguistics, Computer Graphics & Visualisation, Corpus Linguistics, Human Communication in ICT, Language Acquisition. The AHRC’s Vision and Strategy and the AHRC Strategy 2013-2018 the Human World (PDF, 3.6MB)
On Tuesday 16 October 2018, ColloCaid principal investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave a talk entitled “Bringing Collocation Prompts to Text Editors” at the City Museum of Ljubljana, to mark the launch of the Collocation Dictionary of Modern Slovene. A video of the talk can be found here.
An article presenting the ColloCaid project is now available for online first view in Language Teaching. It is based on a plenary address given at TechLing 2017 by ColloCaid Principal Investigator Dr Ana Frankenberg-Garcia. In her talk, Dr Frankenberg-Garcia highlights a generalised underuse of dictionaries which is often attributed to a lack of training in Read more about ColloCaid Plenary in Language Teaching[…]
ColloCaid co-investigator Professor Robert Lew gave a presentation about the ColloCaid project at the 18th International EURALEX Congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The presentation addressed the background and rationale of the project, the steps involved in curating the lexicographical data, and the steps taken to ensure that the tool is user-friendly and minimally distracting to users Read more about ColloCaid at the 18th International EURALEX Congress[…]
On Friday the 20th of July 2018, ColloCaid principal investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia and researcher Geraint Rees presented a paper about the ColloCaid project at TaLC 2018 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The paper focused on the role of the ColloCaid tool in helping academic writers acquire collocations. It also outlined the rationale underlying the tool’s lexicographic Read more about ColloCaid at TaLC 2018[…]
On Saturday the 9th of June 2018, ColloCaid co-investigator Professor Robert Lew gave a presentation about the ColloCaid project at ASIALEX 2018 in Krabi, Thailand. As well as setting out the rationale behind the project, Professor Lew outlined the methodology used to create the tool before ending the presentation with a short video demo of Read more about ColloCaid at ASIALEX 2018[…]
On Friday the 8th of June the ColloCaid team took part in the BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG Event ‘New Directions in DDL’. In our presentation New directions in DDL for EAP writers we presented the ColloCaid tool as a means of Data Driven Learning; helping learners engage with corpus data dynamically in such a way Read more about ColloCaid at the BAAL CL SIG event ‘New Directions in DDL’[…]
ColloCaid principal investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia recently undertook a week-long research stay at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil, where she worked with researchers investigating the problems Brazilian students studying at UK universities experience with collocations when writing in English. During her stay she gave a talk about the challenges and benefits Read more about ColloCaid in Brazil[…]
On Friday the 10th of November 2017 Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave an invited talk entitled Combining user needs, lexicographic data and digital writing environments at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. The talk placed the ColloCaid project in the wider context of the development of monolingual learner dictionaries. Tracing the evolution of such lexical resources from Read more about ColloCaid at TechLING’17[…]
Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave a talk entitled Practical Applications of Corpora at Universidade de Lisboa on Monday the 23rd of October 2017. ColloCaid featured prominently as an innovative example of a corpus-driven approach employed to solve a real-world problem. The project aims to help EAP writers express themselves more quickly, accurately, and idiomatically. Exploiting the possibilities Read more about ColloCaid at ULisboa[…]
Professor Jonathan C. Roberts presented the poster: “Visualisation and graphical techniques to help writers write more idiomatically,” (Roberts, Frankenberg-Garcia, Lew, Rees, & Pereda, 2017) at the IEEE Conference on Visualization (VIS) in Pheonix Arizona. A video preview of the poster can be found here. IEEE VIS 2017 is the premier forum for advances in visual analytics, Read more about Report: ColloCaid at IEEE Vis ’17[…]