Internet content and search company, Crystal Semantics, has come to the rescue of those frustrated by the failure of current search technology. The launch of Textonomy Reveal offers a unique Internet search engine that will deliver relevant, coherent and accurate results based on the linguistic sense of the words used in a search. Textonomy Reveal offers a completely original “sense engine”.

Exploiting the branches of linguistics that people rely on to handle sense - semantics and stylistics - Textonomy Reveal first matches a search against possible senses in its lexical engine. Once the correct sense has been established this provides a frame of reference within which the search is executed.

According to Ian Saunders, Managing Director of Crystal Semantics, “Relating search results to the search request should be in the remit of the search engine but increasingly it is left to the users to attempt to navigate their route.

“Search engines have attempted to overcome problems of irrelevance and inaccuracy in a purely computational way. Textonomy asserts that this cannot be done.

“These problems can be solved only by harnessing the power of human linguistic intuition, our knowledge of language. Only a linguistically informed sense engine can make sense of searching.”

Textonomy Reveal combines dictionary and encyclopedia definitions with the
knowledge inherent in the linguistic intuition of adult users of a language. In addition, the names of thousands of products and organisations that form a crucial part of online searching have also been included.

Under the direction of Professor David Crystal, using a system he originally devised for The Cambridge Encyclopedia and other works, a team of lexicographers took over four years and an investment of 4 million Pounds Sterling to build the dataset Textonomy Reveal is based upon.

Textonomy Reveal is the first Textonomy online searching product to be launched. Solutions for successful product searching in online catalogues and relevant online contextual advertising will also be available.


For Further Information Please Contact:
Leigh Richards
The Right Image (PR)
Tel 01932 240055


Ian Saunders
Managing Director
Crystal Semantics
Tel 0845 166 1772

About Crystal Semantics

Crystal Semantics is a division of Crystal Reference Systems Limited. Founded in 2001, leading internet content and search group, Crystal Reference Systems, has provided online content for many major publishers including Penguin Books, A&E Television Networks and Webster Publishing. The company is one of the fastest growing online content publishers in Europe.

About Textonomy
The sense engine which drives Textonomy is the result of a development programme which has taken six years to complete and involved an investment of over 4 million Pounds Sterling in lexicographic and encyclopedic research.

Published on: 12:00AM on 23rd July 2004