|Using the ALR
Word SearchThis feature allows the user to match native word and their English translations over all the vocabularies simultaneously.
The English word search is used for returning native language translations of an English word:
English word search:
Three search options are available from most to least restrictive:
Exact Query only Allow Phrases Allow Compounding
Two options are available with native languages searches: Exact Query only, and Allow compounding, which function as described above.
Exact Query only Allow Compounding
Word Searches can be further limited by time span and language
family. Limiting the time span restricts the search to vocabularies
that were collected (though not necessarily published) in the time
frame indicated. The default values for these fields are 1500 and 1940,
which span the entire time period of the database.
Restrict time span: to
Limiting by language family is another way of restricting the
resultant data set. The default value is "ALL".
Restrict by Language family:
The Interactive Atlas plots search words on one of seven topographical maps provided by the National Atlas of the United States.
To use the Atlas, type an English word into the text field. The search algorithm for the Interactive Atlas is roughly the same as the "Exact Query Only" word search described above.While it will not match phrases or word fragments, it does check for words with the articles "a", "an", and "the", and the infinitive marker "to". So if the input string is "man", the Atlas will map "man", "a man", and "the man" but will not map "old man" or "Englishman."