Tools: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus – An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore using an interactive map.

I’m a big fan of visuwords, a dictionary/thesaurus which offers a visual map of the relationship between words in addition to standard definitions.   Here’s a similar thesaurus on a website that also offers a number of word games.  I understand that Thinkmap is also working on developing maps for non-English languages, so it’s worth checking them out.

Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus – An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore using an interactive map..

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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2 Responses to Tools: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus – An online thesaurus and dictionary of over 145,000 words that you explore using an interactive map.

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  2. Helen Bredson says:

    Thanks for the great tool! I use it sometimes.
    But as for languages, I prefer online tools, such as
    thesaurus dictionary.

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