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Summary Details


Query:   SUM: dictionary software
Author:  Michal Lisecki
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Computational Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR ALL,

QUITE SOME TIME AGO (SEPTEMBER 15TH) I SUBMITTED A QUERY ABOUT SOFTWARE
WHICH COULD HELP TRANSLATORS IN BUILDING THEIR OWN DICTIONARIES OF UNCOMMON
VOCABULARY. I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO PROVIDED ME WITH INFORMATION ON
THIS, AND I APOLOGIZE FOR
THE VERY LONG DELAY IN POSTING THIS SUMMARY:

DAVID K. BARNHART
JOHN BEAVEN
MICHAEL DUNN
TIMOTHY DUNNIGAN
HOPPE BIRGIT
ROBERT A. HAAS
BADEN HUGHES
DAVID J JAMES
HANNA JANKOWSKA
VERN M. LINDBLAD
SIMON MUSGRAVE
MARC PICARD
MITAR PITZEK
STUART ROBINSON
EWA SIKORSKA
JEAN QUIRION
A. VINE
RALF VOLLMANN
JANUARY WEINER

TWICE AS MANY PEOPLE EMAILED ME WITH A SIMILAR REQUEST WHICH LET ME KNOW I
AM NOT THE ONLY ONE LOOKING FOR SUCH A SOFTWARE.
I SHALL GIVE NOW A SUMMARY OF RESPONSES I GOT.

UNFORTUNATELLY, I MUST SAY THERE IS NO PERFECT SOLUTION (AT LEAST I DIDN'T
COME ACROSS ONE) TO MY PROBLEM. HOWEVER, TTHE BEST ONE SEEMS TO BE TO GET
SOME KIND OF DICTIONARY TO WHICH WE CAN ADD UP ENTRIES. THIS SEEMS TO BE
THE EASIEST AND LEAST TIME CONSUMING.

- ---------------------------- SHOEBOX SOLUTION
- ------------------------------------

A PERFECT SOLUTION FOR THOSE WITH SOME LINGUISTIC BACKGROUND AIMING AT
BUILDING A MORE SOPHISTICATED DICTIONARY SEEMS TO BE SHOEBOX - A WINDOWS
BASED SOFTWARE WITH QUITE POWERFUL DICTIONARY MAKING FEATURES AVAILABLE
FREE FROM (CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IS VERSION 4).

SHOEBOX IS A DATABASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM, DESIGNED EXPRESSLY TO MEET THE
NEEDS OF THE FIELD LINGUIST. USING SHOEBOX, THE LINGUIST CAN EASILY ENTER,
EDIT, AND ANALYZE LEXICAL, TEXTUAL, ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND OTHER TYPES OF
DATA. FOR EXAMPLE, WITH SHOEBOX, ONE CAN:

+ MAINTAIN A SIMPLE DICTIONARY, OR A MORE COMPLEX LEXICON,
+ INTERLINEARIZE TEXT, WHERE NEW WORDS ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENTERED
INTO THE DICTIONARY,
+ DO GRAMMATICAL FILING AND ANALYSIS OF TEXT DATA,
+ ENTER AND FILE CULTURAL NOTES,
+ MAINTAIN NONLINGUISTIC TYPES OF DATABASES, SUCH AS ADDRESS LISTS
OR LIBRARY CATALOGS.

- ------------------------------ DATABASE SOLUTION
- -------------------------------

SOME OTHER RESPONDENTS SUGGESTED USING A SIMPLE DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM,
, E.G. MS ACCESS, EXCEL, LOTUS 123, ETC. HOWEVER, THIS HAS TO BE GIVEN
FUTHER CONSIDERATIONS, I.E. IN MS EXCEL

LL Issue: 9.1452
Date Posted: 16-Oct-1998
Original Query: Read original query