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Q Could you recommend text analysis tools for use with plain text?

A I have divided text analysis tools for plain text into those available for PC running DOS or Windows, and those for Apple Macintosh.

PC DOS/Windows

TACT: DOS text analysis tools freely distributed over the Internet. Version 2.1 available from the TACT homepage at http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/cch/tact.html. The manual, which comes with a selection of electronic texts on CD-ROM, is published as I. Lancashire, Using TACT with Electronic Texts (New York: MLA, 1996). TACTWeb home-page and demonstration at http://ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/Tactweb/.

Concordance 1.1.3: Developed by Rob Watt (Dundee) from his own Web concordance software. Easy to use and will create concordances and indexes from electronic texts for manipulating on screen or publishing on the Web. Demo available from http://www.rjcw.freeserve.co.uk/. See http://www.dundee.ac.uk/english/wics/wics.htm for the original Web concordances.

MultiConcord: For teaching with parallel concordances. Developed by David Woolls (email 100343.2362@compuserve.com). See the Lingua Project site at http://web.bham.ac.uk/johnstf/lingua.htm.

Oxford Concordance Program (OCP): General purpose tool for generating concordances, word lists, and indexes from texts in any language or alphabet. OCP can handle a number of markup systems though frequently the text will be tagged using the COCOA system. Micro-OCP for DOS available from Oxford University Press. Email: ep.help@oup.co.uk or consult http://www.oup.co.uk/.

WordSmith Tools: Recommended for texts with little markup, particularly powerful for the statistical side of text analysis. Distributed by Oxford University Press from their web site at http://www.oup.co.uk/. A demo version is available from this page or from the author's web page at http://www.liv.ac.uk/~ms2928/. See review in, Computers & Texts 12 (1996), 19-21.

MonoConc for Windows & ParaConc for Mac: Easy to use concordance software produced by Michael Barlow (barlow@ruf.rice.edu) and published by his company, Athelstan. Consult the author's web page at http://www.athel.com/ from which a demo can be downloaded.

Apple Macintosh

AnyText: Hypercard-based program which allows for the creation of concordances on text files in English, Greek, Russian, Hebrew, and Cyrillic languages. AnyText available with Greek, Hebrew and Latin Biblical texts. Developed by Linguists Software (http://www.linguistsoftware.com/) and available in the UK from Lingua Language Services (email: lingua-uk@msn.com URL: http://www.lingua-uk.com/index.htm).

Conc: Concordance generator available through the Summer Institute of Linguistics' web page at http://www.sil.org/computing/sil_computing.html

Concorder: developed by D. W. Rand who distributes a demo version at http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/~rand/Concorder.html

Corpana: Concordancer able to deal with multiple files and generates simple statistics. Available in compressed form from http://src.doc.ic.ac.uk/packages/info-mac/_Text_Processing/ (as corpana-11-hc.hqx.gz). You can also download the Concorder demo from this site.

Further details of text analysis tools, including qualitative analysis tools, will be available from the CTI Centre's Guide to Digital Resources 1996-98 at http://info.ox.ac.uk/ctitext/resguide/


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