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Humanist Archives: Aug. 15, 2022, 12:56 p.m. Humanist 36.127 - AntConc for PDFs; principles of organisation?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 127.
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        Date: 2022-08-15 07:24:21+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: AntConc for pdfs

Anthony Laurence, Professor of Applied Linguistics at Waseda (Japan),
has released a version of his concordance program AntConc (Mac &
Windows), that works with PDFs. It may be downloaded at
<>. I find it a very
useful supplementary tool for locating imperfectly remembered text
within books and articles. It is, of course, intended for corpus

I also use HoudahSpot (Mac) when the Finder is not up to the job.
One useful discussion to be had would be how large collections of
scholarly material, articles and books, are best organised. Some of my
ideas about this are stable, others change as the collection grows larger. 
For example, a couple of years ago I invented a category for filing away 
items: not by topic (my first and very useful category) but by what I call
"nodal persons", i.e. authors who form intellectual nodes in my 
network of sources.

Comments? Other schemes?

Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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