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Query Details

Query Subject:   computer software
Author:   Mitsuko Takahashi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Hello everyone,

Does anyone happen to know some computer software or programs that would
do parsing for English, scanning through a body of text and just counting
the instances of different sentence structures generating a statistical
spread? I want to see all the sentences grouped in a different window

What I want to do is to copy paste a body of movie script and sort out a
certain type of sentences like no subject sentences, SV, SVO, SVOC, SVC,

Many thanks in advance.

Mitsuko Takahashi
Kyoto, Japan


LL Issue: 14.464
Date posted: 17-Feb-2003


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