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 28 June 2019, Robert Lew gave a presentation about the ColloCaid tool at the 28th PASE Conference, Poznań, Poland. He talked about the need for ColloCaid, problems inherent in existing resources, and the construction of the lexicographic database which underlies the tool. He also reported on recent usability studies involving the tool. Further information Read more about ColloCaid at the 28th PASE Conference[…]
From 18 – 21 June, Ana Frankenberg-Garcia and Geraint Rees gave an Academic Writing Workshop at Universidad de León, Spain. A development version of the ColloCaid tool was trialled and was very well received.
Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave an invited seminar at the Universidade Europeia Doctoral College in Lisbon, on Friday 21 June. She talked about the evolution of dictionaries and the benefits of integrating dictionaries and text editors. Participants were given the opportunity to try out a beta version of the ColloCaid text editor on their own devices.
On Wednesday 5th of June, Jonathan Roberts reported on a study at the 21st edition of the EuroVis conference in Porto, Portugal. The study, presented as the paper “Multiple Views: different meanings and collocated words“, examined the terminology and phraseology of using ‘multiple views’, ‘many presentations’ and ‘alternative visual depictions’ in the area of visualisation. This research offers insights into how people use these Read more about ColloCaid at EuroVis2019[…]
An article about the ColloCaid workshops entitled Incentivo à escrita de artigos em inglês (pdf) appeared in Brazilian newspaper Diário da Região.
On Monday the 15th of April ColloCaid principal investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave a talk at the Departamento de Letras Modernas Universidade de São Paulo entitled: Novas ferramentas lexicográficas: um editor de textos que auxilia no emprego de colocações em textos acadêmicos/ New lexicographic tools: a text editor that assists in the use of collocations in Read more about ColloCaid at Universidade de São Paulo[…]
Trials of the ColloCaid tool took place at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and at the São José do Rio Preto campus of Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”. The trials formed part of a series of workshops aimed at supporting the internationalisation of Brazilian research. More information can be found here.
ColloCaid Principal Investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave a talk at the CLILLAC-ARP research group seminar on Monday 25 March 2019. After a short talk about the ColloCaid project participants were given the opportunity to try out a beta version of the tool. An abstract of the session can be found here.
In February of 2019 ColloCaid Principal Investigator Ana Frankenberg-Garcia gave a plenary talk entitled Integrating dictionary and text-editor architectures to help writers with academic English collocations at the Specialised Discourse and Multimedia conference at the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy. She began by giving an overview of how pedagogical dictionaries have evolved, and of Read more about ColloCaid at the Specialised Discourse and Multimedia Conference[…]
We presented a workshop paper at the 3rd Workshop on Visualisation for the Digital Humanities, at the IEEE Visualization conference that took place October 21st to 26th 2018. The paper was titled “Visualisation Approaches for Corpus Linguistics: Towards Visual Integration of Data-Driven Learning”. It was good to speak to over 100 attendees at the conference, Read more about ColloCaid at IEEE VIS, Digital Humanities workshop, 2018[…]