Searching American National Corpus with the Help of AntConc Step: 1 • Check if you have Java Runtime Environment on your computer http://www.java.com/en/download/installed.js p?detect=jre&try=1 • If not, Install Java Runtime Environment (7.5) http://www.java.com/en/download/chrome.jsp ?locale=en Step 2: Download OANC (Open American National Corpus) • • • • 326 MB 4.8 GB, 14,623,927 words, Tagged Download the Open ANC in GrAF format: http://www.anc.org/OANC/OANC_GrAF.zip The download will take some time depending on your internet speed. • After download is complete, right-click on the zip file and unzip it to a location that you would remember. Step 3 • Download the ANCTool zip file from • http://www.anc.org/tools/index.html#anctool • After the download is completed right-click on the file and unzip it to a location that you would remember. Step 4 • Create a corpus from OANC using ANC Tool in a way that AntConc can search through it. • Double Click on the folder “AncTool-2.0.0” • Double Click on the file “AncTool-2.0.0.jar” • The program will start. Step 4 • Browse the folder for the sub-corpus you would like to convert through “Input directory” window. • Create the folder for your new sub-corpus that can be processed by AntConc through “Output directory” window. • Select GrAF as your input format. • Click on “MonoConc” tab • Put a check in the box next to “Hepple Part of Speech Tags” Step 5 • See the files you just created and understand the organization of tagged corpus • Check for mistakes! • Know the tags for the annotations. (You can do this by reading the guides on OANC’s website) Step 6 • Open AntConc • Adjust the settings in AntConc according to the patterns in your corpus files Step 6 • • • • Global Settings Tag Settings Put a dot in the radio button, “Hide Tags” Tag Start = _ Tag End = ↔# Step 7 • Load your corpus • And considering the tags search through the corpus! Scenario 1 • What kinds of “verb + that clause” patterns occur in spoken American English? Example: “I knew that her father said ‘Do not touch.’” • First: Pick a sub-corpus • Second: Remember the tags in the sub-corpus processed by ANCTool • Third: Remember the searching conventions of AntConc • And start your search! • Analyze: sort, check the patterns, and record what you found. Scenario 2 • You want to know what kind of verbs are common before • “possesive NP + ing-clause” patterns • Example: “I recall her talking about how she cared for him” Scenario 3 • You want to know how travel guides use existential there with modals. Example: “There might have been 8 to 10 of us.” Scenario 4 • You want to know what kind of transitive phrasal verbs are there in government documents. Look for patterns that have the pronoun between verb and particle. • Example: “He did not point it out.” Scenario 5 • You come up with a question.