Advanced search in Oracc corpora

In Oracc corpora you can carry out complex combinations of context-dependent searches. This page describes how to use the Advanced Search tool.

What you see | Transliteration | Lemmatisations | Translation | Catalogue

What you see

When you click on the Advanced Search button at the top of a corpus header, a pop-up window appears. (Be patient; it may take a few seconds to load.) Under the heading "Oracc Advanced Search" you will see six different elements:

Results summary
This line of plain text tells you how many results have been returned in the main pane of your browser window. It also gives the search code in plain text in a grey box below. If you like you can copy, save and perhaps modify those snippets of search code for re-use in the main Search Box if you want to replicate your search later.
Search index "transliterations" drop-down menu
Use this to choose whether to search in the transliterations, lemmatisations, translations, or catalogue data of the corpus. The options next to the search box below will change, depending on which you select.
Search box and associated options
The basic search conventions are described on the page about simple searches. The options offered in the associated drop-down menus are detailed below.
"Combine with another search" button
Use this to add one or more extra search parameters. The options are detailed below.
Search button
Click on this only when you have entered your search criteria in the box(es) above. The results of the search will appear in the main pane of your browser window, not in the pop-up itself.
Use Unicode [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/saao/knpp/aboutcuneiform/computercuneiform/#h_unicodetransliterationandnormalisation] tick-box
This is set to yes by default. Un-check this box if you do not have a suitable Unicode font and keyboard installed on your computer.

Search Options

Transliteration

Advanced transliteration searches take the textual line as the basic search unit. When you search within transliterations you can specify the positions and roles of the sign (sequence(s)) you are searching for:

"Any position" menu
Use this to specify where within a word or line the sign (sequence) you are searching for occurs. The default is Any position, but you may also choose to look for a sign (sequence) at the start or end of a word, or the start or end of a line.
"Any role" menu
Use this if you wish to search only for logograms, sign names, syllable signs, determinatives or phonetic complements. [ONLY THE FIRST TWO CURRENTLY ON OFFER.] The default is Any role.
+/- button
Use this to add or remove one or more further transliteration search terms. (Use Combine with another search as well or instead if you wish to further constrain your single search term.)
"and" drop-down menu
Use this to choose whether you want both your old and new search terms to be found (using and), either or both of them (using or), or the previous one(s) to the exclusion of this one (using without).
"Following" drop-down menu
Use this to specify whether your additional search term(s) should follow or precede the first, or whether it/they can occur on either side of it.
Number box and "Word" drop-down menu
Use these two tools to specify how close or far from the first search term your second term may be. You may choose to count words, lines, texts, or signs.

Lemmatisations

Advanced lemmatisation searches use the sentence as the basic search unit. You can specify which sort of lemmatisation data to search in:

"Any" drop-down menu
Choose whether to search the Sumerian/Akkadian (with Citation Form/Normalization), the English equivalents (Guideword/Senses), or -- for Sumerian only -- the morphology. Morphology 1 allows you to search the morphemes themselves, while Morphology 2 enables you to search the morphemic glosses. See the ETCSRI [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/etcsri/] documentation on morphological parsing [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/etcsri/parsing], morphological glossing [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/etcsri/glossing/] and searching ETCSRI [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/etcsri/searching/] for more information.
"End" tick-box
Use this in conjuction with the Any option if you want to constrain your search to the final morpheme of a word (particularly useful for Sumerian).
+/- button
Use this to add or remove one or more further transliteration search terms. (Use Combine with another search as well or instead if you wish to further constrain your single search term.)
"and" drop-down menu
Use this to choose whether you want both your old and new search terms to be found (using and), either or both of them (using or), or the previous one(s) to the exclusion of this one (using without).
"Following" drop-down menu
Use this to specify whether your additional search term(s) should follow or precede the first, or whether it/they can occur on either side of it.
Number box and "Word" drop-down menu
Use these two tools to specify how close or far from the first search term your second term may be. You may choose to count words, sentences, or texts.

Translation

The default search unit for translations is the paragraph or line (depending on the structure of the translation). You can refine translation searches by adding further search terms:

+/- button
Use this to add or remove one or more further transliteration search terms. (Use Combine with another search as well or instead if you wish to further constrain your single search term.)
"and" drop-down menu
Use this to choose whether you want both your old and new search terms to be found (using and), either or both of them (using or), or the previous one(s) to the exclusion of this one (using without).

Catalogue

You can choose which of the core fields to search in, and/or search in any catalogue field:

"Any field" drop-down menu
Choose whether to constrain your search to one of the four core fields--designation, provenience (provenance), genre, or period--or whether to leave it set to any field.
Alternatively, you can enter the name of the field directly into the search box, followed by a colon and the keyword, as you can with the simple search box (e.g., genre:medical).
+/- button
Use this to add or remove one or more further transliteration search terms. (Use Combine with another search as well or instead if you wish to further constrain your single search term.)
"and" drop-down menu
Use this to choose whether you want both your old and new search terms to be found (using and), either or both of them (using or), or the previous one(s) to the exclusion of this one (using without).

Combine with another search

When you click the "Combine with another search button" further options appear:

"Only include" drop-down menu
Use this menu to choose whether you want both your old and new search criteria to be found (using only include), either or both of them (using also include), or the previous one(s) to the exclusion of this one (using exclude).
"transliterations" drop-down menu
This menu enables you to choose whether to search in the transliterations, lemmatisations, translations, or catalogue data of the corpus, and to access the associated search options.
"Remove this search" button
Use this to clear the new search criteria and start again.
23 Jul 2014 osc at oracc dot org

Eleanor Robson

Eleanor Robson, 'Advanced search in Oracc corpora', Oracc: The Open Richly Annotated Cuneiform Corpus, Oracc, 2014 [http://oracc.iaas.upenn.edu/doc/search/advancedsearch/]

 
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