With the coding help of Rob Vella, Jessica’s Words is now a working site, where anyone can add words to a library that Jessica can access through an admin backend and decide whether or not she knows them. The ones she does know show up on the front page in an very, very long column. Thus, slowly but surely Jessica can build her personal vocabulary lexicon. Click the photo to access the site and participate!
Jessica’s unrealized project was to create a lexicon of all the words that she, specifically, knows. To built this in full is, of course, essentially impossible, and as I am not Jessica, I don’t know what words she does and does not know (and she also speaks Chinese). The first instance of the prototype that I built was a random word generator that pulls up a random word from library, and in person with my class, we asked Jessica which of the words she knew. I also asked my department to participate in adding words to the library by writing them on a piece of paper for me to manually input.