The Prime Machine is a user-friendly corpus tool for English language teaching, linguistic analysis and self-tutoring based on the Lexical Priming theory of language; the software was developed by Stephen Jeaco.
About the software
The Prime Machine is an English language learning, teaching and research tool, designed to provide users with a multitude of examples from corpus texts and additional information about the contextual environment in which words and combinations of words occur. It is a client-server app, allowing you to search from a range of pre-prepared English language corpora. Users can type in words or phrases and view concordance lines and other corpus data. It has research tools for more advanced concordancing, and there are also DIY corpus tools allowing small collections of your own English texts to be analysed and compared with the ready-made online corpora. The software runs on iOS, MacOS, Android, and Windows 64 bit; a legacy version is also available for Windows 32 bit systems. Click here for The Prime Machine Version History.
More background information is available here.
The texts you can view using The Prime Machine contain ideas and expressions which may be offensive. These texts do not represent the views of the software developer; they are authentic texts samples of language used by others. Most corpora available through this software are suitable for adult language students and researchers.
If you are using The Prime Machine to learn how to use English, pay special attention to the situation and context and choose expressions carefully.
If you have feedback or suggestions, you can complete a short feedback questionnaire here.
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Dr Stephen Jeaco, Senior Associate Professor, Department of Applied Linguistics, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China.