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I am trying to design a word list for a phonetics project. I can use wildcard searches in the corpus such as * sb * which will return all words that contain this sequence of letters (either medially or word-initially). However, I want to restrict this search to a specific lexical category (nouns). Is there a way to search for this.

Short version: How do I ask the corpus for all nouns that contain the sequence of letters sb?

Thanks,

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This is fairly straightforward and should be captured by the help pages on the COCA site:

*sb*.[n*]

I created a presentation that explains the basics of COCA searching (slides 26 - 45). There's also a video on YouTube of a presentation I gave at a teacher's conference (explanation starts here).

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  • Thanks Dominik. I was able to figure this out pretty easily. Your slides are helpful. – axme100 May 28 '15 at 21:03

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