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http://www.wordchorus.com

WordChorus is a tool specifically designed to find patterns in Ancient Greek texts. Have you ever wondered how many verses in the Iliad begin with a rough breathing? Or how many words in Antigone end in the phoneme group οι, ει or αι? Do you want to count the number of accents in the Argonautica? If so, WordChorus may be the right tool for you.


What is WordChorus?

  • A tool to help researchers quickly assess various claims regarding stylistic and linguistic patterns in Ancient Greek texts
  • A way for researchers without programming resources to easily search for patterns in Ancient Greek texts
  • An open source web application available for download


What kind of patterns can I search for?

  • Search for lines with a specified number of repeated phonemes (assonance, alliteration)
  • Search for lines with a specified number of repeated accents (acute, circumflex, grave)
  • Search for lines with a specified number of repeated breathing marks (rough, smooth)
  • Using the Levenshtein-Distance metric, search for repeated words or near-words (rhyme)
  • Search for user defined patterns of phoneme sequences
  • Search for lines that have phonemes in particular positions (first word, last word, every word)
  • Search for lines that have accents or breathing marks in particular positions (first word, last word, every word)


Why was WordChorus developed?

  • The data sets used in Ancient Greek repetition studies are generally not available for re-analysis
  • Research in the area has required programming expertise, limiting the number of contributors to the discussion
  • Existing web applications provide limited text pattern search facilities for Ancient Greek


Contact

Henry Lynam lynamhf@tcd.ie

Department of Classics

Trinity College Dublin