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#1 Rod Decker

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Posted 15 December 2008 - 08:25 PM

Any way to search for all the liquid verbs in a corpus? i.e., those whose *stem* ends with λ μ ν or ρ? e.g., μενω or ἐγειρω. You can't just use an ending wildcard since that looks for either lexical forms or inflected forms.

I tried: [verb ] @*(λ,μ,ν,ρ)ω

Assuming that this might find any verb with a liquid followed by an omega (the lexical form entry always ends in omega), but Accord "burps" on that string, so there must be something more sophisticated. Or maybe more simple?
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Posted 15 December 2008 - 09:59 PM

Rod,

You're not too far off. The parenthesized letters need to follow a character wildcard, and you don't need the commas between them. Like this:

[verb ] @*?(λμνρ)ω

The asterisk represents any combination of characters before the liquid, while the question mark represents the liquid itself. The parentheses constrain the question mark so that it can only represent the characters included within the parentheses.

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#3 Rod Decker

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 01:25 PM

Thanks. That does the trick--at least it generates a list that needs to be manually sifted since a lot of hits are not liquids, but at least it's do-able.
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