Explore A Text in a Foreign Language


This recipe examines a text in a language in which you are not fluent and demonstrates a strategic approach to comprehension using text analysis tools.

  1. Take an electronic text in a language which you are not fluent;
  2. Generate a word list (sorted by frequency) using Voyant Corpus Term Frequencies;
  3. Consider the Context of the particular words that appear in the resulting list using Voyant Document KWICs;
  • In this recipe we will demonstrate a very rudimentary, logical way in which you could explore comprehending a foreign language text by examining the Context of words that you do not recognize. Lacking a dictionary, but by noting re-occurrence and adjacency, a limited comprehension of a text can be attempted.