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WordSmith attempts to recognise 4 types of text segment: sentences, paragraphs, headings, sections. Processing is case sensitive. You can use <Enter> and <Tab> as strings representing an end of paragraph or a tab in your texts. For sentence ends, auto is another option.


Define these in your language settings.



For example, <s> might represent the beginning of a sentence and </s>  the end. If you leave the choice as auto, ends of sentences are determined by according to the definition of a sentence which gives a good approximation. (There is no 100% accurate way of handling sentence recognition.)



For example, <p *> or <p> might represent the beginning of a paragraph and </p>  the end.  



For example, <head> might represent the beginning and </head>  the end. Note that the British National Corpus marks sentences within headings. Eg.


<s n="2"><w NN1>Introduction


in text HXL. It seems odd for the one word Introduction to count as a sentence, so WordSmith does not use sentence-tags within headings.



For example, <section *> might represent the beginning and </section>  the end.


Each of these is counted preferably when its closing tag such as </s>, </p> etc. is encountered. If there are no closing </p> tags in the entire text then paragraphs will be counted each time the opening paragraph tag is found.



See also: Overview of Tags, Handling Tags, Showing Nearest Tags in Concord, Tag Concordancing, Types of Tag, Viewing the Tags, Using Tags as Text Selectors, Guide to handling the BNC.



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