Programs for general concordancing and searching

Concordance programs search a text or corpus and arrange the results. Hits can be arranged on screen either with the search term aligned (KWIC = ‘Key Word In Context’) or otherwise, and most programs can sort, count and export the data, as well as calculate various frequency measures. Corpora with their own search software (like BNC and ICE-GB) usually have concordance functions built in.


A multi-platform program (Windows, Mac, Linux) written by Laurence Anthony, and freeware. It is currently the recommended general-purpose concordance program for linguistic work.


An elegant and fast Windows program written by Michael Barlow, which will work its way through any (group of) text(s), direct from the web by URL or stored locally. MonoConc Pro, licensed for 15 users at the University, was bought in March 2002 and is available on the network.


Another widely-used Windows program, written by Mike Scott and now published by OUP. An older version was provided with the ICAME CD-ROM. Version 3.00.00 (1998) is available on the network. For newer versions and downloads see the WordSmith home page.

Corpus Presenter

A comprehensive suite of Windows programs written by Raymond Hickey, intended for both student and advanced use, especially with corpora like Irish English and the Helsinki Corpus. Earlier versions were somewhat awkward to use and unstable, but some Helsinki research groups are using it successfully. A ‘Lite’ version can be downloaded without charge.


A Windows program written by R. J. C. Watt at Dundee. Concordance’s home page offers a trial version and gives information on pricing.

TACT (‘Textual Analysis Computing Tools’)

A DOS-based program provided with the ICAME CD-ROM. For current information see the TACT page at Toronto University.

Page last updated 10th January 2017.

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