LECTURE 1 : INTRODUCTION TO ANTCONC

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  • 1. THE OBJECTIVES OF LEARNING THE INTRODUCTION TO ANTCONC IS TO INTRODUCE THE EASIEST AND FASTEST WAY OF WORD AND LANGUAGE ANALYSIS, APART FROM TEACHING AND LEARNING LANGUAGE. THIS ANTCONC SOFTWARE IS VERY USEFUL ESPECIALLY TO COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WHO MAJORED IN ENGLISH OR MALAY LANGUAGE STUDIES. ANTCONC IS FAMOUS AS A FREEWARE, MULTI-PLATFORM AND MULTI-PURPOSE CORPUS ANALYSISTOOLKIT WHICH DESIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ITS OWN SPECIFIC USE. ANTCONC INCLUDES: • CONCORDANCE • WORD & KEYWORD FREQUENCY GENERATORS • TOOLS FOR CLUSTER & LEXICAL BUNDLE ANALYSIS • A WORD DISTRIBUTION PLOT
  • 2. FIRST RELEASED ON 2002. SIMPLY KNOWN AS KWIC (Key Word In Context), A CORCONDANCER PROGRAM DEVELOPED IN A WINDOWS ENVIRONMENT USING THE PERL 5.8 PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE DESIGNED AND USED BY 700 STUDENTS OF OSAKA UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, MAJORED IN SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL WRITING THE COURSE WAS INITIALLY TAUGHT IN A LINUX BASED CALL LABORATORY BEFORE BEING MOVED TO A WINDOWSBASED CALL LABORATORY THIS ENABLEDTHE PROGRAM TO BE EASILY PORTED TO A LINUX/UNIX ENVIRONMENT WHICH WAS NECESSARY USING THE PERL/TK 8.0 TOOLKIT, IT WAS THEN DEVELOPED THE GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI)
  • 3. POWERFUL SEARCH FEATURES SMALL MEMORY REQUIREMENT & FREEWARE LICENSE EXTENSIVE SET OF TEXT ANALYSIS TOOLS UNICODE SUPPORT & MULTIPLATFORM HTML/XML TAG HANDLING MULTIPLE-LEVEL SORTING EASY TO USE; INTUITIVE GUI
  • 4. • THE CENTRAL TOOL USED IN MOST CORPUS ANALYSIS SOFTWARE • DESCRIBED BY AS SUN & WANG, THE CONCORDANCERS HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE AID IN THE ACQUISITION OF: SECOND OR FOREIGN LANGUAGE, FACILITATING THE LEARNING OF VOCABULARY, COLLOCATIONS, GRAMMAR AND WRITING STYLES • ACCORDING TO A RESEARCH,NEW VOCABULARY CAN ONLY BE ACQUIRED THROUGHMEETING WORDS INDIVERSE NATURAL CONTEXTS AND IN VARIED SITUATIONS • CONCORDANCE PROGRAM CAN FIND AND DISPLAY A HUGE NUMBER OF EXAMPLES IN VARIED CONTEXTSAND SITUATIONSQUICKLY AND EFFICIENTLYUSING A REASONABLY LARGE CORPUS • THE CONCORDANCER TOOL OF ANTCONC HAS A WIDE RANGE OF FEATURES THAT MAKE IT AN EFFECTIVE TOOL NOT ONLY FOR LEARNERS, BUT ALSO TEACHERS AND RESEARCHES.
  • 5. MAIN PURPOSE IS TO SHOW HOW A SEARCH TERM IS USED IN A TARGET CORPUS. OFFERS SAME FUNCTIONALITY AS OFFERS SAME FUNTIONALITY AS THE CONCORDANCER TOOL IN TERMS OF SEARCH OPTIONS BUT THE RESULT AREDISPLAYED IN A QUITE DIFFERENT WAY • AN EFFECTIVE AID • IT IS USED TO DETERMINE WHERE A PARTICULAR PHRASE IS USED IN THE CORPUS OR TEXT VIEW FILES TOOL IS USED IN ORDER TO DISPLAY THE SEARCH TERM IN THE ORIGINAL FILE. CAN BE USED INDEPENDENTLY TO SEARCH FOR ANY SUBSTRING, WORD, PHRASE, OR REGULAR EXPRESSIONIN A TARGET FILE, OFFERING THE USER A VERY POWERFUL TEXT SEARCH ENGINE. RESULTS ARE DISPLAYEDIN A USER-DEFINABLE HIGHLIGHT COLOUR & BUTTONS & KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS CAN BE USED TO JUMP TO A SPECIFIED HIT ANYWHEREIN THE FILE. KWIC LINES BASED ON THE TERM ARE AUTOMATICALLY SHOWN USING THE CONCORDANCER TOOL IF THE USERS CLICK ON ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTED SEARCH TERMS.
  • 6. WORD LIST TOOL LIST WORDS ACCORDING TO ALPHABET & FREQUENCY SO IT’S EASY TO HIGHLIGHT PROBLEMAREA IN A CORPUS BEING FOCUSED ON KEYWORD LIST TOOL HELP IN FINDING WORDS THAT UNUSUALLY APPEAR FREQUENTLY IN A CORPUS COMPARED WITH ANOTHER CORPUS WHICH FIRSTLY SPECIFIED BY THE USER CALCULATING ALL THE LEXICAL BUNDLES FOR A PARTICULAR SET OF CRITERIS MAY TAKE TIME. THE PROCESS CAN BE HALTED BY CLICKING ‘STOP’ BUTTON AT ANYTIME. IT ALLOWS USER TO LEARN IDIOM OR PHRASES, MULTI WORDS AND COLLOCATION DESPITE OF KNOWING ONLY ONE PART OR CATEGORYOF THE WORD.
  • 7. IN A CONCLUSION, WE CAN SAY THAT ANTCONC IS VERY HELPFUL AND USEFUL ESPECIALLY TO THE STUDENTS WHO MAJORED IN LANGUAGE STUDIES. IT MAKES WORKS EASIER AND USER FRIENDLY SINCE STUDENTS CAN USE IT FOR LEARNING PURPOSES.