Getting Started

This search facility is designed to demonstrate some of the information within Dante. It is for demonstration and only allows searches on words within the range M-R. You can use a Simple Search or an Advanced Search.

Simple searches

Use this in order to see full entries for one lemma. Remember that for this demo version of Dante, only words within the range M-R are available.

In the Search box at the top of this page, key in a single word,

ENTER marathon
Hit ‘Search’, or Return.

screenshot showing the term marathon entered into serach box

Results for marathon

screenshot showing results for the search term marathon

You can also use the Search box at the top of the page to search for hyphenated or multiword compounds (e.g. part-time, plate glass) or phrasal verbs (e.g. mess up, phase out). Note that the search result will be the lemma in which the compound or phrasal verb appears (the 'parent' entry). To find your actual search item, use the scrollbar or CTRL-F, this will be highlighted in yellow. When searching for compounds, remember to look for all possible forms, e.g. main frame, main-frame, mainframe

ENTER part-time
Hit ‘Search’, or Return.

screenshot showing the term part-time entered into serach box

Results for part-time

screenshot showing results for the search term part-time

Scroll down to see part-time

screenshot showing part-time highlighted within the results pane

Advanced searches

Use this to see lists of words which match the conditions you specify.

Click on Advanced search in top right hand corner of the screen.

Advanced Search screen.

screenshot showing the advanced search page

You may specify one condition, or two or three conditions, for the search. Each condition consists of two parts: in the left box, the type of feature (e.g. part of speech, syntactic context (or valency), subject field (or domain) and so on, and in the right box a specific attribute. Building a search consists of specifying a condition, or more than one. The results take the form of a list of words which match the specified condition(s).

Single condition

If you want to find all the adverbs in the database, a single condition is enough.

In the left box select ‘part of speech’, and in the right box select ‘adverb’. Note that the Help column to the right of the screen explains the options, and in most cases exemplifies them too.

Hit ‘Search’.

screenshot showing single condition

Results for Single Condition: 'part of speech' is 'adverb'

screenshot showing results for single condition

In the left frame you see the number of hits (596 in this case), and a list of words which correspond to the condition you specified, i.e. a list of adverbs. The first twenty are listed, and you have the option of seeing the whole list in 30-word segments.

Click on any word to see the full entry, say magically

Full entry for magically

screenshot showing full entry for magically

Double condition

If you want to find all the degree adverbs in the database, you require to specify two conditions.

The first is the part of speech = adverb condition specified above.

Hit ‘Add condition’ and select ‘inherent grammar is degree’.

screenshot showing double condition

Treble condition

If you want to find all the American English degree adverbs, you are required to specify three conditions. The first two are those specified above, i.e. part of speech = adverb and inherent grammar = degree.

Hit ‘Add condition’ and select ‘regional variety is AmE'.

Hit ‘Search’

screenshot showing treble condition

Results for Treble Condition: 'part of speech is adverb', ‘inherent grammar is degree’ and ‘regional variety is AmE'

screenshot showing results for treble condition

Excluding features

You may specify the exclusion of features by using the ‘is not’ relation. If you want to find the adjectives not labelled ‘formal’, set up the following search:

Hit ‘Search’

screenshot showing excluded feature

Results for a search with an excluding feature: 'part of speech is adverb' and ‘register is not formal’

screenshot showing results with an excluded condition

Starting a new search

When you want to end a search and start a new one, simply choose either the basic search or the advanced search, and enter a word or a set of conditions.

Abandoning a search

If you want to end a search mid-way, hit the START AGAIN button. This allows you to start a new search in the normal way.

More information

Click here for a brief description of the database content, and here for a list of the Dante datatypes.