Software and technical resources

antconc is an easy-to-use free concordancer that you can download from Laurence Anthony's homepage. There are also links on this sight to presentations that Anthony has given on related topics. The concordancer is easy to use and has clear help and instructions.

BNC Indexer is a freeware tool designed to be used with the BNC Corpus under Windows. It is designed to be particularly good for collocation (something which the BNC tool SARA is not so good at) and can be used in conjunction with other corpus tools. It has been designed by Antonio Moreno Ortiz, who is a lecturer at the Department of English, German and French Philology at the University of Malaga (Spain).

Concordance lets you make wordlists, word frequency lists, and indexes; full concordances showing every word in its context; use texts of any size, limited only by available disk space and memory. System requirements: Windows 95 / 98 / ME / NT 4.0 / 2000 / XP. This program was designed by R. J. C. Watt at the University of Dundee, UK.

You can download a demo version.

The concordance operates in windows, is simple to use, and you can copy texts from the internet on to the clipboard and make concordances from there. For information about how to use Concordance with Asian texts see this article by Marjorie Can.

IULA (Institute for Applied Linguistics) at the Pompeu Fabra University, Spain has information about corpus processing tools used at the institute.

is a free stand-alone Windows program which lets you search for clusters in a corpus (either text or html files). Here they are called n-grams (or wordgrams), where n can be any positive integer. It has been designed primarily for work with English texts.You can also use the program to identify "phrase-frames", which are wordgrams identical but for a single word. The program is under development and feedback is gratefully received by its developers.

Longman Mini Concordancer is a DOS-based concordancing/browsing package whose main function is to produce a Key-Word-In-Context (KWIC) concordance. The search string may be a single word, part of a word, or a regular expression using conventional wildcard symbols. Input to the program is normal ASCII text, rather than the pre-built indexes required by some programs. Limitations are its relative intolerance of non- English alphabets maximum 50,000 words text-size.

Platform(s): PC compatibles. (Hard disk desirable. Maximum text size depends on available RAM)

Information about this concordancer seems to be difficult to get hold of. The Pearson Education website could be a good place to start.

MonoConc Pro is fast and comes with a range a powerful features. Price: US$85 Code: MncWs-I. Single user. Includes the concordance program and a manual. Site license: US$500 (15 users). The concordancer can be ordered from Athelstan Athelstan, 2476 Bolsover, Suite 464, Houston TX 77005, U.S.A.
713-523-2837, Fax: 713-523-6543 Email: orders@athel.comFed ID : 943067445 or through their website.

You can go directly to the Athelston website to see more details of these and other corpus-related books and software.

N-Gram Phrase Extractor can be used for free on the Compleat Lexical Tutor website. There are versions for French and English. You can search for clusters of between 2 and 5 words. There are also links to useful reviews and articles, and demonstrations of the software.

SCP (simple concordance program) is a concordance and word listing program that is able to read texts written in many languages and is available free. There are built-in alphabets for English, French, German, Greek, Russian, etc. SCP can be found at

WordSmith Tools is lexical analysis software for the PC. Published by Oxford University Press since 1996 and now entering version 4. Wordsmith Tools version 4 is for Windows 98, 2000 and XP, but prefers later editions. Version 3 is tried and tested, and version 4 is not completely finished yet. For up-to-date prices go to Oxford University Press

WordSmith Tools is an integrated suite of programs for looking at how words behave in texts. You can use tools to find out how words are used in your own texts, or those of others. The Wordlist tool lets you see a list of all the words or word-clusters in a text, set out in alphabetical or frequency order. The concordancer, Concord, gives you a chance to see any word or phrase in context. With KeyWords you can find the key words in a text.

The tools are used by Oxford University Press for their own lexicographic work in preparing dictionaries, by language teachers and students, and by researchers investigating language patterns in lots of different languages in many countries world-wide. Mike Scotts's website talks you though the Wordsmith suite of programmes and shows screen shots. You can download a demo version and then upgrade. You can download the demo, either from Mike Scott's website or direct from OUP.

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