The Prime Machine is a user-friendly corpus tool for English language teaching and self-tutoring based on the Lexical Priming theory of language; the software was developed by Stephen Jeaco.
About the software
The Prime Machine is an English language learning and teaching tool, designed to provide learners with a multitude of examples from corpus texts and additional information about the contextual environment in which words and combinations of words occur. It is a client-server app, allowing you to search from a range of pre-prepared English language corpora. Users can type in words or phrases and view concordance lines and other corpus data. It runs on Windows (Windows XP and above), and is a 32 bit application. Click here for The Prime Machine Version History.
My doctoral thesis explains some of the pedagogical rational for the development of The Prime Machine, as well as some technical details and an evaluation.
Jeaco, S. (2015). The Prime Machine: a user-friendly corpus tool for English language teaching and self-tutoring based on the Lexical Priming theory of language. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, University of Liverpool.
The texts you can view using The Prime Machine contain ideas and expressions which may be offensive. These texts do not represent the views of the software developer; they are authentic texts samples of language used by others. Most corpora available through this software are suitable for adult language students and researchers.
If you are using The Prime Machine to learn how to use English, pay special attention to the situation and context and choose expressions carefully.