SUGGESTION: Modernize Sentence Diagrammer so it gets more use PART 2 - Trees and dependencies

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jan 20 2020 8:01 PM

This is the second half of a plea to bring the sentence diagrammer into contemporary expectations. I know that the statistics on the use of the sentence diagrammer are probably low but would contend that this is an indictment of the tool not a measure of the need.  Sites such as show a standard input format  [S [NP This] [VP [V is] [^NP a wug]]] for autogeneration of tree diagrams (or dependency diagrams).

I would suggest that we need to be able to generate the simple dependency diagram:


or it's square cousin

We also need to two most common style of tree diagrams:


The tree diagrams also require a horizontal version so that the original language - pointing left and the translation - pointing right can be placed side by side for comparison of the translation to the original at the structural level.

Because I am assuming that there is input reflecting the desired linguistic theory, parsing and dependencies, this is simply a layout issue.

What I would also encourage is the ability to export a sentence from a clause visualization resource and feed it into the sentence diagrammer - with the ability to modify the input string.

Again, the ability to export to Canvas is desirable.

Note: people influenced by Stanford natural language processing another sentence format may be needed:

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Doc B | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 20 2020 8:20 PM

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Donnie Hale | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 21 2020 7:42 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with this. I no longer use the sentence diagramming tool, and I tried but don't use the Canvas tool, b/c browser-based alternatives are orders of magnitude easier to use and more responsive. I'm necessarily task-focused when I'm doing such work, and the feature from L4-L8 gets in the way. IMO, the speed, ease-of-use, and task-focus of biblearc is what I'd like to see.


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