ICECUP IV (the ICE Corpus Utility Program IV) is a brand new corpus experimentation system designed for parsed corpora such as ICE-GB and DCPSE. This software was developed under the Next Generation Tools project and is currently available as a beta-release from our website.

This new software can help linguists carry out complex experiments into the interaction of grammar and lexis with ease. Experiments that were previously difficult become simple, entire batteries of hypotheses can be considered together and the results can be evaluated against the corpus.

We believe that it is no exaggeration to say that ICECUP IV heralds a new type of linguistic research with corpora. The research and development of this software was funded by the ESRC in a two year Next Generation Tools project. The current software is distributed as an interim beta-release version. A full first release is planned for Summer 2008, and we take this opportunity to encourage linguists to comment.

ICECUP IV supports both the exploration cycle (supported by ICECUP 3.1) and an experimental cycle (new).

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Exploration and experimental cycles in corpus linguistics, from Wallis (2007).

ICECUP IV has new tools for: all of ICECUP 3.1’s exploration facilities:

How to get it

ICECUP IV is available as a beta-release with ICE-GB and DCPSE Sample Corpora. Existing users of ICE-GB Release 2 and DCPSE corpora can download the new software as a simple upgrade.

Further reading

The following are sources of further information:

  • A Getting Started with ICECUP IV guide is available from our website.
  • A handbook about ICECUP and ICE-GB (Exploring Natural Language, Nelson, Wallis and Aarts, 2002) is available from John Benjamins.
  • Read further pages on this website about Fuzzy Tree Fragments.
  • Download and read the ICECUP 3.1 help file.
  • Download and install the sampler packages and experiment with the software and corpus.

ICECUP was developed under the auspices of the Corpus Queries project and the Next Generation Tools project, both funded by the ESRC. More information on Fuzzy Tree Fragments is available from our FTF home page.

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