LINGUIST List 16.3244

Thu Nov 10 2005

Software: Lexicography/Morphology: Alchemist 2.0 software

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        1.    John Goldsmith, Lexicography/Morphology: Alchemist 2.0 software

Message 1: Lexicography/Morphology: Alchemist 2.0 software
Date: 10-Nov-2005
From: John Goldsmith <>
Subject: Lexicography/Morphology: Alchemist 2.0 software

Alchemist version 2.0.5 is now available from the Linguistica project:

Alchemist is a free, open source project designed to help linguists work
with lexicon-based projects. It was originally conceived to allow users to
easily and rapidly create an XML file with information about the
morphological structure of words in large lexicons. Users can easily select
subgroups of the lexicon in a wide range of ways, including the use of
regular expressions. Alchemist can be used to easily find subparts of a
lexicon satisfying conditions that a linguist may be interested in
exploring. A very user-friendly guide is available in Acrobat format at:

Alchemist has been designed to allow rapid creation of databases in which
prefixes, roots, suffixes, and compounds are identified, with or without
additional morphological or morphosyntactic information.

Alchemist is a Unicode-enabled GUI-based program that runs under Windows,
MacOS, and Linux. It is written in Trolltech's QT, based on gcc.

For more information on the Linguistica project, see:

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography