Blank or Blank: a Concordancer Game

This is a 10-minute demo of a web-based game I’ve been thinking about.  At its heart, it is a concordancer, but the game is also a repeatable, user-directed tool that could be used to study many interesting linguistic structures.  It could be used in any language and in other, non-linguistic disciplines.  I’ve also incorporated crowdsourcing and social networking to make it more useful and more fun.  And it’s so simple, it just might work.

Don’t believe me?  Too good to be true?  Perhaps.  Watch the demo and decide for yourself.  Then, share your reaction in the comments.


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7 responses to “Blank or Blank: a Concordancer Game

  1. This is a great idea! Is it still just an idea, or are you working on creating it? I’d love to know more.

  2. Thanks, Betsy. The current status of this idea is that I’m working on working on it. I can see all the steps that are needed, but it would take me a while to figure out how to pull it together.

    I’m making contact with faculty in Computer Science are looking for projects to give to their students. I’d be happy to make contact with anyone else who has the skills to make this happen. I’ve also got some teachers who would like to try it out.

    I hope to get some version put together soon for beta testing. It will be interesting to see what issues come up and what changes and enhancements can be made.

    I’ll keep you in the loop, Betsy. Maybe we can get you beta testing. Any other takers?

  3. Tania

    Yes, please. I work with concordances with my EFL students here in Brazil, but they find the concordance lines on paper extremely ´boring´.
    Please keep me posted re. the development of your project.

  4. I recently came across which has an interesting scoring system for tracking and comparing progress within each game AND who creates the best variation of the game. I would like to incorporate a system like this into Blank or Blank eventually.

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  6. Nice idea! Good luck making it happen.


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