Concordance - What you can see and do

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You have a listing showing all the concordance lines in a window. You can scroll up and down and left or right with the mouse or with the cursor keys.


tog_minus        Sort the lines

If you have a lot of lines you should certainly sort them. A concordance is read vertically, not horizontally. You are looking for repeated patterns, such as the presence of lots of the same sorts of words to the right or left of your search-word. Click the bar at the top to start a search.



The Columns

These show the details for each entry: the entry number, the concordance line, set, tag, word-position (e.g. 1st word in the text is 1), paragraph and sentence position, source text filename, and how far into the file it comes (as a percentage). See below for an explanation of the purple blobs. The statistics are computed automatically based on the language settings.


tog_minus        Set

This is where you can classify the entries yourself, using any letter, into user-defined categories. Supposing you want to sort out verb uses from noun uses, you can press V or N. To type more (eg. "Noun"),  double-click the entry in the set column and type what you want. If you have more than one search-word, you will find the Set column filled with the search-word for each entry. To clear the current entry, you can type the number 0. To clear the whole Set column, choose Edit | Clear Set column.


tog_minus        Tag

This column shows the tag context.



Want to see more context

tog_minus        Stretching the display to see more

You can pull the concordance display to widen its column. Just place the mouse cursor on the bar between one column and another; when the cursor changes shape cursor_for_draggingyou can pull the whole column.


tog_minus        Stretch one line to see more context

The same applies to each individual row: place the mouse cursor between one row and another in the grey numbered area, and drag.

cursor_for_dragging_downOr press Grow (F8) to "grow" all the rows, or Shrink (Ctrl/F8) to shrink them. Or press the numeric key-pad 8 to grow the current line as shown below. (Use numeric key-pad 2 to shrink it.)




tog_minus        Viewing the original text-file

(if it is still on the disk where it was when the concordance was originally created)

Double-click the concordance column, and the source text window will load the file and highlight the search word.

Or double-click the filename column, it will open in Notepad for editing.


Other things you may wonder about

tog_minus        Weird purple marks

In the screenshot you will see purple marks where any column is not wide enough to show all the data. The reason is that numbers are often not fully visible and you might otherwise get the wrong impression. For example in the concordance below, the Word # column shows 4,569 but the true number might be 14,569. Pull the column wider and the purple lines disappear.



tog_minus        Status bar

The status bar panels show

the number of entries (1,000 in the "stretch one line" screenshot above)
whether we're in "Set" or "Edit" mode;
the current concordance line from its start.


See also:        

Re-sorting your concordance lines        

Follow-up searches

User-defined categories        

Altering the View        

Blanking out the search-word

Padding the search-word with spaces (use the search-word padding menu item to put a space on each side of the search-word)        

Collocation (words in the neighbourhood of the search-word)        

Plot (plots where the search-word came in the texts)        

Clusters (groups of words in your concordance)

Text segments in Concord        

Editing the concordance        

Zapping entries        

Saving and printing        

Window Management        

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