Their talk, Towards computer-assisted concordance reading, focussed on the challenges of developing a consistent methodology and tools to support concordance reading across disciplines, given the variety of ways in which researchers and practitioners carry out concordance analyses to achieve different goals.
Natalie emphasised the need for a common terminology to systematically describe the process of organising and analysing concordance lines, and explored the possibility of identifying fundamental, tool-independent strategies for reading concordances through a cross-disciplinary review of literature. Sasha gave an update on the development of FlexiConc, a tool designed to support the semi-automatic analysis of concordance lines. He discussed issues of standardisation and compatibility with existing tools.
The team invite anyone with ideas for organising concordance lines that are not yet implemented in existing tools to get in touch (by direct message to @rc21project on Twitter, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).