Lao Text Corpus
About the SEAlang Library Lao Text Corpus 
This mononlingual corpus consists of Lao texts published on the Internet, sampled here for research and educational purposes.
 - context searches show how the search target appears in context, taking both leading and trailing collocates (or neighboring words) into account. This search returns a merged list of leading and trailing collocates.
 - collocate searches are better for focusing on the search target's immediate neighbor. This search returns separate lists of leading and trailing collocates.
 - merged view allows for fast switching between collocate and context views.  Try brief first - downloaded pages may be very large, and a slow browser may fall behind in displaying the detailed view. The Go! button invokes the brief view.
 - raw contexts show the search word in context without any attempt at analysis or sanity-checking (local segmentation that helps ensure that a real word has been found).
 - restrict collocates requires (or forbids) all collocates to have at least one sense with a particular part of speech or usage.
Segmentation in the SEAlang Library Corpus
Southeast Asian writing is normally broken into phrases, rather than individual words.  As yet, it is not possible to automatically segment a sentence into words correctly all of the time.  The problem is made even more difficult by the authentic texts we provide: by their nature, they contain many names, loanwords, and misspellings that will undo even the best segmentation algorithm.
   Rather than trying to segment our corpus texts in advance, we use peephole segmentation - we only try to segment the search target's immediate neighbors, on the fly.  This will sometimes produce incorrect results.  However, it is far more robust, and returns much more potentially useful data. 
Usage tips
Because the underlying text corpus may be quite large (more than 50 million characters in this implementation), results may be taken from a random sample of hits.  For common words, this means that sample contexts and exact collocate frequencies will vary from run to run.
   Clicking on a word/collocate with the mouse starts a new search: yellow searches for contexts, and black searches for collocates.
   Look for continuing development of SEAlang Library Lao resources.