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Speech Tagger

This tool highlights various parts of a plain text document using TreeTagger, either located at a URL or uploaded from the user's files. Users may choose from a number of parts of speech and specify a colour for each type desired.

Note: TreeTagger is taxing on the server and it may thus take some time for the tool to return results. Small texts are recommended for best results.

Please click the ? buttons at the bottom right of each set of options for more information on that set.

For further information on this tool, please see the TADA Wiki's Speech Tagger entry here. A glossary of terms is also available here.


To search for adjectives, verbs, pronouns, nouns and adverbs, and display each part of speech in a different colour:
  1. Source text
    1. Enter ‘’ into the ‘URL’ field.
  2. Tagger options
    1. Check the boxes next to 'Adjective', 'Verb', 'Pronoun', 'Noun' and 'Adverb'.
    2. Click the black box to the right of each selection to bring up the colour picker and choose colours to represent them from the options available.
  3. Results
    1. Set ‘Display as’ to ‘HTML’.
  4. Click the ‘Submit’ button to process the text.
» Source text


This section determines the source of the document you wish the tool to process.


Source URL
To use content from a web page, enter a full web address (URL) in the field provided. Copy and paste from your browser’s address bar for best results. If the web address directs to an HTML or XML document instead of plain text, the tool will strip all tags and process it as plain text.

Local file
To upload a plain text (.txt) file from your computer, choose ‘Local file,’ click ‘Browse,’ and select the file you wish to use from your directory.

» Tagger Options


This section determines which parts of speech to highlight within the source text, and allows each to be colour-coded in the results.


Each option corresponds to a specific part of speech. Check the box to the left of an item to highlight that part of speech in the source text, then click on the black box to the right of the item to choose the colour to highlight it in.

For detailed information on each option, please see the Penn-Treebank tagset documentation.
» Results

This section determines how the tool’s final results will be displayed.

Display as
This drop-down list allows users to choose the tools' output format. Note: Only HTML format is currently available.

Open results in new window
Check this box to display the results in a new window or browser tab. This option is selected by default. Some pop-up blockers may prevent a new window from being opened; if so, un-check the box to open the results in the same window instead.
`*' indicates a required field



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