Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

WebCelex Help - Neighbours

Neighbours allows you to retrieve all the neighbours of the words in the home list which are present within the dictionary list. Neighbours are specified by specifying unit and length difference where Unit represents the number of characters two words in the home and dictionary list may differ and Length represents the maximum difference in length between two words in the home and dictionary list. If we set the retrieve mode within Neighbours to Number, the number of Neighbours for each word in the home list will be retrieved. For example, if the home list contains aarde and appel; and the dictionary list contains aardig, aap and apert; with a unit difference of 3 and a length difference of 1, we will obtain:


If we set the retrieve mode within Neighbours to Words, the home words and their neighbours will be retrieved. In our example we will obtain:


The lists we want to examine must be specified as the Home list and Dictionary list within the file selection fields. The lists can be tables and the column number or column name must be specified within the Column fields (1 represents the first field). The tables must be of a specific format, which is compliant with the default format when a lexicon is created by WebCelex.

The format is as follows:
{Column Name 1}\Column Name 2}\...
{Value 1}\Value 2}\...

In our case we could have:

as the home list, with the column field set to 'Type' or '1'. If one wants to find the neighbours within one list, the Home list and Dictionary list should be one and the same. This is accomplished by leaving the Dictionary list empty.

The Table checkbox displays retrieved results in the form of a table. Otherwise, results will be displayed in the standard WebCelex format.