Programs for Input and Manipulation of Linguistic Data

The programs presented below are designed for input and processing of linguistic data, such as texts and dictionaries.

Shoebox is application developed in the Summer Institute of Linguistics. It is intended for input and processing of texts and dictionaries. It allows input of texts in different modes (formats), facilitates compilation of dictionaries based on the text corpora. It provides representation of any necessary information both in a dictionary and in a text, as well as export of a dictionary in a formatted printable mode. Versions from the 1-st to the 4-th inclusive are freeware, whereas version 5.0 is commercially distributed [details]

Toolbox is another product of Summer Institute of Linguistics; by its features it is very close to Shoebox, however, providing for export of a dictionary in an unformatted mode exclusively. On the other hand, Toolbox, in contrast to Shoebox, works with Unicode fonts. It is a freeware product. [details]

Uniinput is a very simple text editor provided with an additional toolbar which allows insertion of different symbols, as a rule, lacking on the keyboard. The product was developed by Japanese linguists supervised by K. Matsumura. According to the user’s choice, the additional toolbar can reflect International Phonetic Alphabet, combining diacritic signs, standard (Latin-1), Extended Latin and Cyrillic in three versions (Russian alphabet, letters of southern Slavic alphabets lacking in Russian, an enhanced character set for all alphabets based on Cyrillic), two character sets for the input of texts in Chukchi-Kamchadal languages (Cyrillic and using the International Phonetic Alphabet), as well as characters of the majority of other alphabets corresponding to UNICODE standard.

This program is especially useful for the input of several words or sentences to be copied to a word processor (i.e., MS Word or OO.o Writer) for subsequent use.

Uniinput is free software distributed under the GPL. This program with a brief description is available for download from our website. Uniinput does not depend on any particular operating system, however, in addition to the program itself you will need a TCL interpreter installed separately. Microsoft Windows users can download it, for instance, from the site of ActiveState company. Users of GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and other operating systems will have to install TCL/Tk packages from the site of their distribution vendor.

Electronic Dictionaries

Dictool. An application designed for work with a comparative dictionary containing 1000 words in five Chukchi-Kamchadal languages – Chukchi, Aliutor, Koryak and northern and southern dialects of Itelmen and their translations into Japanese, English and Russian. Dictool, as well as Uniinput, was developed under the supervision of K. Matsumura in Japan.

The Dictool is free software distributed under the GPL. The program and the dictionary are available for downloading from our website. The work with Dictool will require TCL interpreter (see above).

Programs for Managing Keyboard Layouts

Tavultesoft Keyman (Keyboard Manager) is a program controlling non-standard keyboard layouts, created with the help of Keyman Developer (see below). It can be integrated with Toolbox program to simplify input of texts in several languages and/or with the use of different kinds of transcription. The program is commercially distributed. [details]

Tavultesoft Keyman Developer facilitates keyboard layouts lacking in the standard Microsoft Windows kit. Tavultesoft Keyman is used for manipulation of created layouts [details].

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