The new WordPower is based on frequently used core vocabulary, with access to categoris of words, morphology, prediction and symbols. WordPower combines the features of core vocabulary, spelling support and word prediction. The system takes advantage of the fact that while we may have a normal speaking vocabulary of between 10,000 and 30,000 words, a core of just 100 words accounts for approximately 50% of words spoken. WordPower uses predictive text and predictive words based on previous word order patterns of use. To support spelling it can also predict target words on the basis of what they sound like. Core vocabulary is provided on a top page, with additional vocabulary provided on extra grids linked to the top page. The Grid 3 versions of WordPower support email, SMS messaging, browsing the Internet and writing simple documents. Various versions of WordPower is available for Grid 3, many including Picture Communication Symbols (PCS).
Here are the details from the author, Nancy Inman from InmanInnovation.
WordPower software is a unique vocabulary design for an augmentative/alternative communication device. WordPower combines the features of core vocabulary, spelling and word prediction. The system takes advantage of the fact that while we may have a normal speaking vocabulary of between 10,000 and 30,000 words, a core of just 100 words accounts for approximately 50 percent of words spoken. Kucera and Francis' 1967 study, which analyzed written language samples for word frequency, revealed the following:
The top 10 words account for 24 percent of written text
The top 50 words account for 41.2 percent of written text
The top 100 words account for 48.1 percent of written text
The following is a sample of those frequently occurring words:
I to you the that have a it my and of will in is me on do was
Words such as these are repeated over and over throughout our language. WordPower uses these 100+ core words in conjunction with spelling and word prediction. Word prediction systems have provided more and more advantages in the last few years including features such as grammatical prediction, frequency, recency, and the ability to easily add words.
WordPower was originally designed for an individual in need of an augmentative communication device based on words. A vocabulary based on pre-stored sentences would not meet his communication needs. Though he could see the advantage of a picture-based system with symbol sequencing, he did not want to learn the complex language coding system. At the same time, he wanted more than a system based on spelling and word prediction. WordPowerprovided him a fast and efficient language, with minimal time and effort required for learning the system.
The core words of WordPower are categorized, color-coded and alphabetized for easy access. The main semantic categories include:
Questions Interjections Pronouns Negatives Helping-verbs Verbs
Articles Prepositions and conjunctions Describing words Indefinite pronouns Time words
There are now several versions of WordPower and platforms on which it has been programmed. Though each platform varies and takes advantage of specific software features, the basics of WordPower remain consistent across platforms.
Grid 2 Word Power sets:
The previous word power grid sets available for Grid 2 have been written across for Grid 3.
These are WORD POWER PATHWAY grid sets, in that they are not the same as the grid sets developed by Nancy Inman.
This is also available for download for a 60 day trial period.
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The Grid 3 Australian
Grid 3 with standard symbol libraries. (Single user) Supplied with boxed Instruction Cards and “Getting Started” guide.