Getting Started (1)
Welcome to the Pronounceology tutorial! This will be a full reference guide to get you started on your merry research journey. There’s a lot to cover, so if you’d like to jump to a particular component of Pronounceology, hit the links below:
These are numerous ways that Pronounceology will treat the data (or search terms) that we process. You can also set up how these will show up in new search reports from your Settings page.
Sources to Search
The heart of Pronounceology, these are the databases that are searched when you create a search report. The important detail here is that they are a hierarchical list of sources, that is, Pronounceology will search each one sequentially, and if it doesn’t find your search term it will go to the next database in the list. Similar to the Search Options, you can set your preferred order of use (or turn on and off) from your Settings page.
There are multiple ways to do this. The simplest is to just type or cut and paste a list of words into the Word List box:
Alternatively, if you’re importing terms from a spreadsheet that includes page numbers, or referencing a document where you’d like to include page numbers, you can just put those in front of your search terms like so:
The next way to import search terms is to import a file. You can drag and drop a file, or click to find from your computer. Excel spreadsheets, CSVs, and PDFs are supported. When importing a file, drag or select the file, then click “extract.”
For spreadsheets, Pronounceology looks for a header row, a first column with page numbers, then a second column with your search terms. It may help to either use or model your spreadsheet on our example here.
If you have highlighted search terms in a PDF manuscript or document, you can also upload that. Pronounceology will look for just the highlighted terms and extract those. It even sorts by color, so if you use other colors for other purposes it will allow you to choose.
Once you click “Search” or “Extract” Pronounceology will run your search report! You’ll see an in-progress bar and percentage at the top of the page, like this:
The more terms you have to search, of course, the longer this will take. Once your search report is complete, you’ll see a page such as the one below (you may see a “spinning” icon on some of the search terms, this is because we show results as they happen, so some search terms may be processing in the background).
As you can see, Pronounceology automatically names the Search Report the same as the file name of your imported PDF or Excel spreadsheet. If you’ve used the Word List method, it will appear as “Untitled Search Report,” and you can change it to whatever you would like.
Components of a Search Report
Sorting: as you can see in the image below, Pronounceology offers multiple ways to sort your search report.
- Pages Descending/Ascending
You can also search within your report, just start typing the first few characters of a search term.
The text in the upper right corner lets you know how many search terms were searched, plus how many were “resolved.” Pronounceology counts a term as “resolved” if we were able to find a URL source for it.
Below this is a row of icons offering ways to interact with your search report.
The Add icon allows you to add a search terms or multiple search terms to your report. You can include page numbers or re-order your sources as well.
The Export icon allows you to export the data in one of two ways: to a spreadsheet, or just the phonetic spellings to a PDF.
The Delete icon allows you to delete a search report. You’ll be asked for confirmation to perform this action.
The Share icon allows you to share your search report with a co-worker or collaborator. Clicking this will bring up a switch to turn sharing on, then you can copy the link to email. The viewable report will allow someone to see your research and data, but not to initiate a new search.
Search Term Row
Each search term appears in it’s own row. First are page numbers and highlight color (if they exist), then the term, then the phonetic spelling if it was found. The audio and source URL are next. You can edit the term and phonetic spelling directly from the row and Pronounceology will auto-save your changes. You can also play the audio by clicking the audio icon, or record your own pronunciations.
Search Term Detail
By clicking on the row itself, it will expand into the Search Term Detail. This gives you a bit more information and options. You can see the term’s definition, change the page numbers, check YouGlish, or click Search Other Sites to open up new tabs for other search sites.
Note: the first time you click one or multiple sites to open from the Search Other Sites popup box, your browser will probably block them and ask you for permission for Pronounceology to open popups. Click “yes” and you’ll be good to go!
You may just want to use this search report for your own reference, or refer back to it, or you have a few options to export and share:
Covered above, click the Share icon to create a shareable link. The viewable report will allow someone to see your research and data, but not to initiate a new search.
Exporting to Spreadsheet
Exports all the fields to a spreadsheet (pages, search terms, phonetics, source URLs, and Notes).
Export phonetic spellings to PDF
Exports just the phonetic spellings back to your source PDF’s corresponding page numbers. You can modify font color, font size, and placement on the page. These settings can be set to a default on your Settings page.
In the Search Term Detail area (this is the expanded part when you click on a search term row), one of the buttons presented is called “Search Other Sites.”
Unlike the main Sources or online dictionaries that are able to be searched directly and in bulk (Oxford, Merriam Webster, etc…), these are online sources that don’t allow us to connect directly to their database. They may still provide the information you need, however, so this drop down list provides pre-built links to them.
For example, if your search term is “cameralism,” and it is not found in the main Sources, you can click one of the Other Sites links to check them. Clicking “Google Pronunciation” will open a new tab with Google search results for the phrase “pronounce cameralism.”
You can click on as many Other Sites as you would like and a new tab will open for each. Depending on your browser, you will probably have to click “allow popups” or a similar permission the first time you do this.
Pronounceology uses these sources, or online dictionaries, to search for your terms. It uses a “cascading” style to search, meaning it looks to bring you one result. This means the order of your sources will be the order it looks – if it finds your search term in the first or second source in the list, it will not look for that term in the others.
In the example below, Pronounceology starts with Merriam Webster, then goes on down the list. Make sure turn off any sources you don’t want to use.
When starting a new search report, there a number of options you can turn off and on to help you. They all modify your list of search terms after extracting them from a list, spreadsheet, or PDF.
Consolidate Duplicate Terms
If you have a very large list of terms, or many terms highlighted in a PDF, sometimes it can be hard to remember that you’ve already entered or highlighted a particular term. If this option is turned on, multiple occurrences of a word will be consolidated into one entry in your search report. If the term has page numbers associated with it, they will appear attached to the single entry like this:
This option is most useful when extracting terms from a PDF. Often words will be broken along lines, leaving a term you’d like to search formatted like this: “erup-tive.”
Naturally Pronounceology will search for the hyphenated term which will not actually be recognized by the dictionaries.
While turning this option on may catch a few words that are actually hyphenated and remove the hyphen, these will most likely be few and far between.
This option will take multi-word terms and automatically split them into single terms, searching each one. Use this with caution with the nature of your list in mind, as it could create many more entries. The second sub-option: “Split term, place first term in Notes, and search only 2nd term” is designed mainly for proper names, where you do not really need to search the first name in “David Brobagaccionchiee,” for example.