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KONTEXT is a concordancer. If you have never used such a program - a concordancer program searches (ASCII) texts for keywords (e.g. mountain). When the keyword is found, a line of text is cut out and displayed (usually on the screen or the printer) with the keyword being in the centre of the line. The result of a program run will look something like this:
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SAVEDNR                     MOUNTAIN

and Vizintin set off up the MOUNTAIN. (19) They climbed up the v
t and climb directly up the MOUNTAIN. (20) The difficulty was th
 to drag, bowlegged, up the MOUNTAIN. (25) But they persevered,
ime the sun went behind the MOUNTAIN they were nowhere near it.
 would have to sleep on the MOUNTAINside, they started to look f
essa and Vizintin. (36) The MOUNTAIN was now so steep that Vizin
imb a little farther up the MOUNTAIN to see if they came to the
8) He was at the top of the MOUNTAIN. (49) Parrado's joy at havi
ess expanse of snow-covered MOUNTAINs. (51) For the first time P
 climbed one of the highest MOUNTAINs in the Andes. (54) As he s
hat due west there were two MOUNTAINs whose peaks were not cover
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Special features of KONTEXT include sophisticated search expressions; several sorting options; output (in the form of one or more sentences, of verse, and, of course, of lines as above) to screen, disk, printer. The program processes a single text or a whole group of texts, or all the texts in a directory, or all the texts in a directory and its subdirectories. Texts should preferably be in DOS-ASCII format, but texts in Windows-ASCII can be used, too, and so can SGML- and HTML-texts. KONTEXT can also use grammatically coded texts, e.g. the Lancaster Corpus and my own 'proprietary' format. See the documention for further details.

KONTEXT is a German program at present, i.e. screens and messages and user input are in German, though most user input items can also be in English (e.g. instead of Drucker you may type printer).

The documentation, however, is in English (including translations of input screens and messages).

CONTENTS (of documentation):

          1  WHAT 'KONTEXT' DOES
          2  TECHNICAL POINTS
          3  USING 'KONTEXT'
             3.1  FIRST STEPS: Basic uses of the program
             3.2  PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT WANT TO SOLVE: Examples
          4  REFERENCE: Advanced uses
             4.1  TEXTS
             4.2  INPUT SCREENS
             4.3  OPTIONS
             4.4  MESSAGES
             4.5  'KONTEXT' FILES
          5  PROGRAMS SUPPORTING 'KONTEXT'
             5.1  TEXT2NR.EXE
             5.2  NR-WEG.EXE
             5.3  WORDS.COM
             5.4  OTHER PROGRAMS
          6  TEXT FILES
             6.1  SAVEDNR.TXT
             6.2  SAVEDWCL.TXT
          7  NOTHING IS PERFECT - LET ALONE 'KONTEXT'
             7.1  DISCLAIMER
             7.2  BUGS
          8  BIBLIOGRAPHY
          9  TECHNICAL NOTE: MEMORY PROBLEMS?


DOWNLOAD KONTEXT FILES

All the files (with the exception of readkont.me) are compressed. PKUNZIP or WINZIP or any other unzip-program will uncompress them.

FILE YOU MIGHT LIKE TO READ FIRST:

READKONT.ME (Textfile, not zipped)

FILES NEEDED TO USE KONTEXT

  1. The program KONTEXT.EXE (V. 8.91d) [140 Kb]
  2. The documentation KONTDOC.TXT [30Kb]English
  3. The helpfiles KONTHIxx.txt [15 Kb]

FILES NEEDED FOR ADVANCED USES

  1. Files used by KONTEXT [2200 bytes]
    1. kontext.cod: Grammatical codes
    2. kontext.gru: Groups of search words (sample file)
    3. kontext.tgr: Textgroups to be searched (sample file)
    4. kontext.vgb: Defaultfile - rewritten after each program run

UTILITIES

  1. The program TXT2NR.EXE: Puts sentence numbers in text [59 Kb]
  2. The programm NR-WEG.EXE: Removes sentence numbers from text [94 Kb]
  3. The program WORDS.EXE: Lists word frequencies [15 Kb]
    1. words.exe: The program (by Edwin T. Floyd)
    2. words.doc: Documentation

SAMPLE TEXTS (some of them grammatically marked)

  1. SAVED (short piece taken from a documentary novel) [27 Kb]
    1. savednr.txt: Text with sentences numbered
    2. savedwcl.txt: Same text with word classes marked
  2. APOLLO - oral/scripted text (BBC) [35 Kb]

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Last updated 13.3.2007
Burkhard Leuschner