Constructing a contextual concordance through Snobol


Wyatt (1975) and Pappin & Smith (1976) have previously reported in SIGLASH on the usefulness of the Snobol programming language (Griswold, 1973) for text processing. Other examples of text processing relevant to the humanities include the analysis of the Federalist Papers (Sedelow, 1970) to determine authorship and the analysis of the Brown Standard Corpus (Kucera & Francis, 1967) to determine current American English usage (e.g. Do people actually split infinitives? Does a 'like' and 'as' distinction exist?). Investigations into such questions may often be facilitated by constructing a concordance of the textual material being analyzed. A concordance which also includes a word's context would in many cases be even more useful. The program subsequently described was developed to construct such a contextual concordance. In addition, it was designed to be flexible, efficient, and easy to use. Although the program was developed to analyze Portuguese poetry (Kelly, 1976), it may be used for other textual material with little or no modification.

DOI: 10.1145/1041351.1041352

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@inproceedings{Tharp1976ConstructingAC, title={Constructing a contextual concordance through Snobol}, author={Alan L. Tharp}, booktitle={LASH}, year={1976} }