TickBox Lexicography

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TickBox Lexicography (TBL) is a functionality of Sketch Engine to enable lexicographers a more streamlined way of exporting good dictionary examples related to collocations in the word sketch. It is only a way of collocations and GDEX in a more convenient and faster way. The use of TBL does not affect the quality of the result, nor does it offer better search options.

It combines the functionality of the word sketch and GDEX to easily generate dictionary entry drafts. TBL can also be used by authors of teaching materials looking for suitable sentences for language exercises. TBL reduces significantly the time needed to research and collect examples of use.

When TBL is activated

  • the user generates a Word Sketch and uses the mouse to select the collocates which should be included in the dictionary
  • Sketch Engine will generate a list of GDEX for each selected collocation
  • the user uses the mouse to select the best examples and saves them together with the collocations into an XML file ready for import into a dictionary editing software. The XML file serves as a template for the future dictionary entry. The XML file is user customizable to ensure compatibility with any external software.

Tailor-made TBL

The content and format of the dictionary entry draft generated by Sketch Engine can be customized with additional information such as grammatical labels, thesaurus and other data and information based on the customer requirements. Please contact us for more details.

Access to TBL

TBL is not available to users by default. It has to be activated and is subject to an annual fee. Please contact us for a quote.

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Kilgarriff, Adam and Kovář, Vojtěch and Rychlý, Pavel (2010). Tickbox Lexicography. In eLexicography in the 21st century: New challenges, new applications, Presses universitaires de Louvain, Brussels, pp. 411418.