Tag Archives: online

MAXQDA: Discourse analysis software

MAXQDA, Software for qualitative data analysis, 1989-2013, VERBI Software – Consult – Sozialforschung GmbH, Berlin, Germany Dear All, Two of the most important stages of research are (1) data collection and (2) data analysis. Traditionally, for researchers in humanities it is more difficult to find suitable software to assist them in these tasks. MAXQDA, however, is designed …

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IPA charts, audios, videos

Dear All, Have you ever wondered how exactly it is made possible that we speak? How are sounds produced? What sounds have been recorded by phoneticians in different languages across the world? Well, this post may help to answer these questions. 1. Official IPA website (http://www.langsci.ucl.ac.uk/ipa/) IPA (the International Phonetic Association) is the best known international …

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Ngram Viewer for corpus/computational linguistics

Dear All, Today, I would like to share a link to Google Ngram Viewer: Ngram Viewer (http://books.google.com/ngrams/) This is an online, free tool which allows users to conduct linguistic analysis on the frequency of word use. The year frame is quite impressive: 1800-2000. The analysis can be performed using corpora from the following languages: Chinese, …

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BibleQuote

Screenshot: BibleQuote6 software Dear All, If you are doing research on different versions of the Bible or if you need to find particular words (e.g. to compare their frequency, word form, etc.) in a given version, the following software may be of use: New links: 1) Bible Quote for Android devices 2) Bible Quote on …

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VOA (Voice of America): Wordmaster

Dear All, If you are looking for a way to improve your English, these VOA podcasts may be of help: Wordmaster (http://learningenglish.voanews.com/archive/learningenglish-home-wordmaster/3/970/970.html) These short audio recordings last for only a few minutes, but the are posted along with transcripts which makes it easier for ESL students (or instructors) to check their listening comprehension of the …

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Funny signs across the world

Image credit: @Doug88888, “Funny signs” August 9, 2009, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Dear all, Have you ever travelled abroad or in your own country and spotted a funny sign? Very often, the reason for such signs is that people who do not speak a particular language translate a word or a phrase from their …

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Free lessons in Russian

Image credit: Simon Bisson, “The Domes of St Basil’s Cathedral” October 19, 2011, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. If you would like to learn Russian, but do not know how to begin, the following website may be of use: Yes Russian (http://www.yesrussian.com/) This website offers free lessons in Russian for English speakers and can be …

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Speckie: spell check for Internet Explorer

Writing with correct spelling in any language is important because when people see our writing which is without errors they tend to form more positive attitude to the author, at least they may think that this person is well educated and attentive. With so much writing occurring online, it is important to be able to …

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Multilingual resources

Have you ever wondered how to translate your favourite proverb into a different language or how to say “Happy birthday!” in multiple languages? If so, the following resources may be useful: 1) freelang.net (http://www.freelang.net/) – free human translation of short, non-commercial texts; – human translation from/into multiple languages; – free online or downloadable dictionaries; – …

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Rhyming dictionary

What do you think of poetry? How about writing a poem? If you have ever tried to, you know how difficult it may be to find a good rhyme while also preserving the idea. One of the ways to facilitate the process is to use a rhyming dictionary. Of course, it cannot do all the …

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CFP (call for papers) website

If you would like to browse through the current CFPs in Anthropology, Linguistics, New Media, Sociology of Language, and Cultural Studies, the following website may be of use: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/ It is called cfp.english.upenn.edu, a service provided by penn english. Iaroslav

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BBC podcasts

Dear All, Did you know that BBC has different podcasts that can be used by instructors for providing students with authentic input? Below are three programs which I personally like and which may interest young learners: 1) Science in Action; 2) Click; and 3) Discovery. The advantage of these programs is that learners are likely to work …

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