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CHAPTER 2

Semantic Scenarios (part II)

Managing Semantic Groups in the Scenario

To retrieve a word (or a meaning), use the [Edit][Search] command.

You can create a new entry in the Scenario manually from the [Search/Add] dialog box. Just type a word, select a group and press the [Scenario] button. You can choose to add a word or an Equivalent class to the Scenario. It is possible to switch from the [Insert] function to the [Add] function (and vice versa) by checking a box located at the bottom of the [Search/Add] dialog.

Adding word or senses in the Scenario

The [Save] button and the [File][Save] menu of the Scenario tool enable you (without quitting this dialog) to take into account the modifications of the Scenario, to save them and to update the results.

Important notes:

1 - If you enter a substantive in the singular, the software will automatically take it into account both in the singular and in the plural. Otherwise, if you enter a word in the plural, the software will not take it into account in the singular. For example, if you enter the word “Supplies” (in the plural) in the “Food” group, the word “Supply” (in the singular) will not be taken into account.

2 - If you enter a compound - unrecognized as such initially - in a Scenario, it will be added to the software’s dictionary when the analysis is restarted. Which means that the words forming this compound will not be taken into account independently any longer in the Equivalent classes. For example, if you enter “Miss Prism” in the Scenario, the software will not identify “Prism” as an “Optical device”; on the other hand, the “Miss_Prism” generated class will appear in the References.

Connecting an Equivalent class to a Semantic Group

The [Add][Insert] button of the [Search] dialog enables you to connect an Equivalent class to a Semantic Group.

When a Semantic Group refers to an Equivalent class or a verb/adjective lemma, the Scenario tool displays the corresponding line and, between parentheses, a note containing:

In the example below, the equivalent class "rain" (which is one of the References), has been grouped together with the verb "pour" and the adjective "showery".

Adding word or senses in the Scenario

The Scenario has been designed to solve ambiguities manually, which means that when you add a word to a Semantic Group, Tropes will cease solving ambiguities. To obtain ambiguity solving, use only References. By virtue of these principles, you must avoid placing a semantic class or a word into two different groups (if you do this, the anomaly will be pointed out when you save the Scenario, and the second entry will not be taken into account).

Important note: The lower level equivalents have priority over the higher level equivalents, i.e. if you create a Semantic Group containing a single word, this word will not be counted in another Semantic Group including an Equivalent class that contains this same word. For example, if you assign the word “Lane” to the “Manservant” Group, this word will be excluded from the “Way” Reference field, even if this field is assigned to another Semantic Group.

If you wish to create a Scenario that is relevant to a series of texts, we recommend that you collect, inside a single file, a sample of texts representative of what you intend to analyze, and then build your Scenario from this sample. If you work with Tropes Zoom, you can make up your sample dynamically by opening several files simultaneously.

Displaying the content of the Scenario

Once you have created the Semantic Groups of your Scenario, and as soon as this Scenario has been saved, you can use the [Scenario] command of the Result frame.

Displaying the Scenario

This command enables you to use Semantic Groups in the same way as Equivalent classes (see chapter 1 - What is the text about?): you can visualize the various types of graphs, the groups placed in the position of Actants or Acted, etc.

The semantic classes in a Scenario are indicated by a checkbox in the result lists (References, etc.) By this means, it is possible to see at once if a class has been taken into account in your classification.>

To print this list, use the [File][Print] command and check the [Scenario] option.

Scenario management

The [File] menu of the Scenario tool enables you to:

For the creation of a new Scenario, an assistant will help you create it automatically from a text, or from an existing file.

Important note: the suffix SCN is added to the name of the files containing the Scenarios (for example: Oscar Wilde.scn). It is imperative to store these files in the [Scenario] subfolder of the software’s main folder (usually c:\Program files\Acetic\Tropes…\Scenario), or in the folder selected during the software setup (if you choose to install Tropes in multi-user mode). Save the contents of this folder regularly.

If you prefer to work without using a Scenario (i.e. if you do not want a Scenario to modify the performance of the software), create a new Scenario and leave it empty.


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