Specifying a query
You specify a search using the small widget in the upper left of the Search window:
Simple Feature Search: The search widget initially shows the name of the feature at the root of one of your coding schemes. If you press "Show", all segments tagged with that feature will be shown. You can click on this feature to select another feature to use, from any of your defined layers.
Searching for segments with combinations of features: Click on the small "+" next to the feature selector and select 'and', 'or', or 'and not'. A second feature will be presented. This allows you to find all segments which contain both features (with 'and'), either feature (with 'or'), or which contain the first feature but not the second ('with 'and not'). You can also click on the '+' again to add more features to the search query.
Searching for segments WITHIN another segment type: Click on the '+' and select 'in segment'. Another seaech widget will appear at the end of this one, as in the following:
This type of search allows you to search across layers, specifying that segments should match only if they are contained within segments at the second specified layer. For instance, the search query shown below will find all segments tagged as 'person' in documents tagged as 'editorial'.
Searching for segments CONTAINING another segment type: Click on the '+' and select 'containing segment'. Returns all segments tagged with the first feature which contain segments (possibly at another layer) tagged with the second feature. For instance, one might search for 'finite-clause containing person&subject', to find all finite clauses where the segment boundaries totally include a segment at the participant layer which is coded both person and subject.
String searches Click on the '+' and select 'containing string': this will allow you to find all segments with the nominated feature which contain a given string. Matching is not case sensitive.
NOTE: when searching for either "containing segment" or "containing string", the search query will display "containing [anywhere]". You can click on the "anywhere" to change it to "immediately". This term controls how matches are made.
Combining Complex Searches: One can combine complex searches, e.g., the following complex search:
Concordance Pattern Searching: the 'containing string' search can also be used for concordance searching (searching based on lexical features, wildcard matching, etc. (English only currently for use of lexical features). Add a "containing string" field to your search query, and then specify a lexical pattern instead of a simple string. For example, to find passive clauses, "be% @participle" will match all segments containing any form of 'be' followed by a participle verb (-en verb).
Note that the corpus is NOT tagged in terms of part of speech (POS). Rather, CorpusTool includes a large dictionary of English, and looks up each word in the dictionary. Because of this, a word will match all POS classes to which it belongs. For instance "be%" will match all occurrences of "being", even in the context where the word is not a verb, e.g., "the being".
Matching occurs as follows:
Case Insensitive: all searching is case insensitive. Thus 'Birch' will match 'Birch' and 'birch' and "BIRCH'.
The search string consists of a sequence of search tokens separated by a space. Each search token can be of the following format:
Match from beginning of segment: if your search string begins with a "^" character (followed by a space), then only matches at the beginning of the containing segment will be returned. E.g.
(The above 4 cases work for any language. Those below only currently work for English)
Running a Query
After entering your query, you can hit the "Show" button. If your cursor is in a text field (Containing String), you can hit the Return Key.
Modifying a Query
To change a feature selection, just click on the feature to change it. To delete any of your search extensions, click on the keyword ("&", "/", "containing", "in") and click on "remove".
The Result Space
The white space below the Query space displays the results. Click on a result and the annotation file containing this segment will be opened at the right place. The three columns at the left indicate the state of each coding:
For each matching segment, a row is shown. The row starts with a magnifying glass icon (). Click on this icon to open this segment in the Coding window for that file.
Saving Search Results
Click on the "Save" button to save search results to a file, either in HTML or plain text format.