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You're a linguist, trained in the comparative method. You work with colleagues on a family of languages, and you'd like to explore Wordcorr as a tool for doing it.

Good! This Web site explains what Wordcorr does. It will help you download the Wordcorr program and get it set up on your computer. It teaches you how to use Wordcorr on your own data.

It takes linguistic data archiving seriously and shows you how to set up for it. It will eventually help you get in touch with others whose interests match yours, by plugging you into the Wordcorr Community -- but that part isn't ready yet.

Four Tasks. There are four main tasks that Wordcorr helps you perform over and over. Click to read more about each one:
  • Enter and edit data.
  • Annotate the data to show your linguistic judgments.
  • Tabulate the annotated data to get correspondence sets.
  • Refine the results.
Cataloguing Information. Before you can get going with Wordcorr, you need to provide some cataloguing information (also called "identifying information" and "metadata") so that your data can eventually be archived permanently. Click to see each kind.

After you've finished looking at this and following out some links, click here to go to New user.

Wordcorr gives you a set of tools for comparative phonology, but it assumes you already know something about the comparative method. You get a brief introduction in most introductory linguistics courses, and you probably have gone considerably beyond that.

Wordcorr won't do your thinking for you; but it will keep track of your judgments without losing any of them.

If what you've seen so far sounds strange to you, but interesting, there's a do-it-yourself option. Get a copy of Lyle Campbell's Introduction to Historical Linguistics (second edition, MIT Press, 2004) and work your way through at least Chapter 5. Use Wordcorr to do the major exercises.

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