We are delighted to announce a third round of updates to MultilingProfiler, our freely available online tool for analysing the level of vocabulary in French, German and Spanish texts.
Two major changes have been made since the release of Version 2.0 at the end of 2021. Users now have the option to choose different units of word counting, and draft versions of the NCELP/WJEC GCSE word lists have been embedded.
Bespoke units of counting
MultilingProfiler can now create text profiles using different units of word counting: lemmas or flemmas (sets of base words and their inflected forms), word families (sets of base words and their inflected and derived forms), and bespoke versions of either as specified by the user.
Users can modify the size of the lemmas, flemmas and word families using the newly implemented ‘Remove Infected Forms’ and ‘Add Derived Forms’ 1 dropdown lists. The derivational patterns included with those specified in the new GCSE subject content. This feature should allow users to generate results that better represent the lexical knowledge of their target learner group by excluding grammatical patterns that learners are unlikely to recognise from the profile.
1 Note that, currently, the option to add derived forms is only available for the 1,000 and 2,000 most frequent words.
Lists compatible with the new GCSE
Draft versions of the new NCELP/WJEC GCSE word lists are now embedded in MultilingProfiler (see here for the draft WJEC Eduqas French specification for teaching from 2024 and testing from 2026). Users can toggle between listening and reading versions of the lists specified for Foundation and Higher levels, and check texts for compatibility with each.
The listening version includes inflected forms (lemmas) of words on the list, constrained in line with the inflectional morphology specified in the GCSE subject content. The reading version includes inflected and regularly derived forms (word families) of words on the list, constrained in line with the inflectional and derivational morphology specified in the GCSE subject content.
Word lists for other Awarding Organisation may be added in future.
Read more here.