AntConc Software

AntConc is a freeware, multiplatform tool for carrying out corpus linguistics research and data‐driven learning.
It runs on any computer running Microsoft Windows (tested on Win 98/Me/2000/NT, XP, Vista, Win 7),
Macintosh OS X (tested on 10.4.x, 10.5.x, 10.6.x), and Linux (tested on Ubuntu 10). It is developed in Perl using
ActiveState’s PerlApp compiler to generate executables for the different operating systems.

Installation

  • Windows

On Windows systems, simply double click the AntConc icon and this will launch the program. No installation is
necessary.

  • Macintosh OS X

On Macintosh systems, first install and launch X11. X11 is a graphical toolkit that is available on the disks
included with the computer or via the Apple website. Next, double click double click the AntConc icon and this
will launch the program. No installation is necessary.

  • Linux

On Linux systems, change the permissions to allow AntConc to be run as an executable file. Next, double click
double click the AntConc icon and this will launch the program. No installation is necessary.

  • Overview of Tools

AntConc contains seven tools that can be accessed either by clicking on their ‘tabs’ in the tool window, or using
the function keys F1 to F7.

  • Concordance Tool:

This tool shows search results in a ‘KWIC’ (KeyWord In Context) format. This allows you to see how words and
phrases are commonly used in a corpus of texts.

  • Concordance Plot Tool

This tool shows search results plotted as a ‘barcode’ format. This allows you to see the position where search
results appear in target texts.

  • File View Tool

This tool shows the text of individual files. This allows you to investigate in more detail the results generated in
other tools of AntConc.

  • Clusters (N‐Grams):

This Clusters Tool shows clusters based on the search condition. In effect it summarizes the results generated
in the Concordance Tool or Concordance Plot Tool. The N‐Grams Tool, on the other hand, scans the entire
corpus for ‘N’ (e.g. 1 word, 2 words, …) length clusters. This allows you to find common expressions in a corpus.

  • Collocates:

This tool shows the collocates of a search term. This allows you to investigate non‐sequential patterns in
language.

  • Word List:

This tool counts all the words in the corpus and presents them in an ordered list. This allows you to quickly find
which words are the most frequent in a corpus.

  • Keyword List:

This tool shows the which words are unusually frequent (or infrequent) in the corpus in comparison with the
words in a reference corpus. This allows you to identify characteristic words in the corpus, for example, as part
of a genre or ESP study.

source : http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/software/README_AntConc3.2.4.pdf

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