10.0595 multilingual parallel concordance project

WILLARD MCCARTY (willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 20:27:54 +0000 (GMT)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 10, No. 595.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Information at http://www.princeton.edu/~mccarty/humanist/

[1] From: David Woolls <100343.2362@CompuServe.COM> (26)
Subject: Lingua Multilingual Parallel Concordancer

[I received this update because of a link on one of my pages to the
project described on the Web page mentioned below. Those Humanists
involved in language teaching and in concordancing will be interested.


The major development work and the product in use by the partners of the
consortium is the Windows 3.1 program called MultiConcord. This proogram has
been in use under trial around Europe for the last 18 months and is about to be

Your current link to CRIN in France is not inaccurate in that it contains a link
to Birmingham, but it gives a misleading impression of the nature of the work
which has actually been undertaken by the partners in the consortium in the past
two years. In particular, the view of the interface given at the French site is
nothing like that which is actually in use. The searching, sorting and testing
facilities are now quite extensive and the alignment is done on-the-fly using a
custom-built algorithm.
The link to Birmingham is http//sun1.bham.ac.uk/johnstf/lingua.htm

The program has been trialled in a number of European universities and has been
used for high school teaching, second language teaching at university level and
for translation studies.

The research corpus now stands at around 100 texts covering 7 languages and
about 23 different texts. Up to date details are regularly added to the
Birmingham site.

The project has just received approval for a fourth year of development which
will extend coverage to Spanish, Portuguese, Scnadinavian languages and Finnish.
We have also experimented with other languages, Afrikaans and Zulu among them,
giving us A - Z coverage!


David Woolls
CFL Software Development
(Programmer of Windows software to partners of consortium)