11 October 2019 from 15:00 to 17:00

Centre for Digital Humanities Seminar: GrETEL

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On October 11th, the Centre for Digital Humanities organises a seminar on GrETEL by Jan Odijk, Sheean Spoel, Jelte van Boheemen. In this seminar, the 4th version of GrETEL will be introduced.


GrETEL is an application for searching and analyzing Dutch syntactically annotated corpora (treebanks and parsebanks). A core feature of GrETEL is the option to search on the basis of an example sentence (‘query-by-example’), so that researchers can use it without having to write a query themselves, and without having to know the exact fine details of the syntactic structures.

Version 4 of GrETEL (GrETEL 4), developed at Utrecht University boasts interesting new features, in particular: (1) one can upload one’s own text corpus, in a variety of formats (TXT, CHAT, TEI, FoLiA) together with metadata; each sentence in the text is parsed automatically and made available in the search and analysis interface as a parsebank; (2) extended options for analysis of search results with combinations of elements from the query and metadata, by dragging elements to a pivot table; (3) enrich Dutch CHAT corpora with so-called MOR and GRA tiers, which enables application of CLAN-based analysis tools such as EVAL and KIDEVAL for research into language acquisition and language deficiencies.

The seminar

The first part of the seminar adresses GrETEL's strengths and pitfalls, accompanied by a live demonstration.

The second part consists of a hands-on session with GrETEL 4, in which examples will be provided, but participants can also come up with their own constructions to make a query. If participants submit the construction they are interested in in advance, the instructors can prepare even better. This can be done onthe registration form.

If you have questions you can send an e-mail to Jan Odijk  (j.odijk@uu.nl).

Please note that GrETEL only works for the Dutch language and can search for and analyse a grammatical construction only if it can be defined in morpho-syntactic and/or syntactic terms.

15:00 - 15:30

Lecture and demonstration by Prof. Jan Odijk, Sheean Spoel, Jelte van Boheemen: GrETEL: Search and analyse syntactic constructions of Dutch in text corpora

15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 16:30

Hands-on session with GrETEL

16:30 - 17:00

Consultation Digital Humanities Methodology, if participants have questions, otherwise there will be room for more questions about the topic of the current seminar.

Start date and time
11 October 2019 15:00
End date and time
11 October 2019 17:00
Entrance fee
Free entrance