Misc software

Other linguistic software

Here is some miscellaneous software used in LEL that doesn’t belong under either concordancing, statistics, or word processing. See also this Linguist List list for a more comprehensive software listing.

  • Perl
    A programming language specially written for linguistic processing. We have a Perl compiler which runs on PCs and a number of scripts for working with (for example) the Penn ME Corpus and outputting the results in convenient form. For information on Perl please see the Perl website for the official US site or see the Perl directory website for a directory of Perl resources.
  • Brill’s Tagger
    This large program runs on Unix and will apply morphological tags to text, learning and improving on each run. It comes set up to tag present-day English; David Denison has a copy and has used it successfully on late Middle English. Organising the interface between a PC and a Unix machine and learning how to use the tagger itself are both quite large undertakings.
  • DMDX Display Software
    “DMDX is a Win 32-based display system used in psychological laboratories around the world to measure reaction times to visual and auditory stimuli. It was programmed by Jonathan Forster at the University of Arizona.”
  • SIL FieldWorks SE
    “A suite of software tools to help language teams manage language and cultural data, with support for complex scripts.” (Link courtesy of Dan Paul.)
  • GATE workbench (General Architecture for Text Engineering)
    “It lets you upload a corpus (or single files), and displays annotations in different colours. It’s free to download and use. GATE has a concordancer called ANNIC (ANNotation In Context) which lets you search annotations and save the results to a file.” (Link and description courtesy of Silke Scheible.)
  • CLAN [Computerized Language ANalysis]
    A suite of tools for analysing conversation, developed in the CHILDES project [Child Language Data Exchange System].
  • Multidimensional Analysis Tagger
    “The Multidimensional Analysis Tagger (MAT) is a program for Windows that replicates Biber’s (1988) Variation across Speech and Writing tagger for the multidimensional functional analysis of English texts, generally applied for studies on text type or genre variation. The program can generate a grammatically annotated version of the corpus selected as well as the statistics needed to perform a text-type or genre analysis. The program plots the input text or corpus on Biber’s (1988) Dimensions and it determines its closest text type, as proposed by Biber (1989) A Typology of English Texts. Finally, the program offers a tool for visualising the Dimensions features of an input text.” Created by Andrea Nini.

This page last updated 10th January 2017.

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