LINGUIST List 9.1323

Thu Sep 24 1998

Books: Computers & Ling

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  1. L. M. Schmitt, Book on SED and AWK in Language Research

Message 1: Book on SED and AWK in Language Research

Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 16:38:44 +0900
From: L. M. Schmitt <>
Subject: Book on SED and AWK in Language Research

Combining the Bourne-shell, sed and awk in the UNIX environment
for language analysis

Lothar M. Schmitt(1) and Kiel T. Christianson(2)

1. The University of Aizu
School of Computer Science and Engineering,
Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, 965-80, Japan.

2. Michigan State University
Dept. of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African
East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA.

We show how to construct tools for language analysis in research
and teaching using the Bourne-shell, sed and awk under UNIX.
Applications include the following:
searches for words, phrases, grammatical patterns and phonemic
patterns in text;
statistical evaluation of texts in regard to such searches;
transformation of phonetic, phonemic or typographic
comparison of texts in various respects;
lexical-etymological analysis;
assistance in translating text;
assistance in learning languages;
assistance in teaching languages;
and text processing and formatting.
The latter includes the generation of on-line dictionaries for
the internet from files that were
generated with what-you-see-is-what-you-get editors representing
only the linear structure of the dictionary (i.e., the book).
All of the above can be achieved with particularly simple and
short code.
In that regard, we illustrate how sed and awk can be combined in
the pipe mechanism of UNIX to create very powerful processing
Our notes include a short introduction to programming the
Bourne-shell and rather short, but complete descriptions of sed
and awk customized in regard to language analysis.


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