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Toolbox is a data management and analysis tool for field linguists. It is primarily aimed at editing lexical data, and for parsing and interlinearizing text, but it can be used to manage virtually any kind of data.

If you have experience with the Field Linguist's Shoebox, you can think of Toolbox as an enhanced version of Shoebox with a new name. It is fully compatible with Shoebox. You can install Toolbox and use it just as you used Shoebox, with virtually no difference. Because Toolbox is an enhanced version of Shoebox, it is sometimes referred to as Shoebox/Toolbox.

Language Forge

A web-based tool for collaborative dictionary making where any number of people could contribute. Access to editing and revising content can be restricted to specified users, but the larger community could interact and make suggestions. The data can be synced with FieldWorks. Audio input can be added to the dictionary. 


This program allows the user to perform various kinds phonetic studies (e.g., spectral, pitch, or formant analysis; segmenting and labeling of a sound file; speech synthesis; perform listening experiments; perform statistical analyses, etc.).  For more detailed information, please visit the website.



Phonology Assistant 3

This program keeps track of phonetic data either typed directly in or drawn from one or more data sources (Toolbox, Fieldworks Language Explorer, Speech Analyzer files with transcriptions). If sound files are included in the source data, the user can listen to them directly in Phonology Assistant. PA has many analytical features, such as

  • Creates a phone inventory
  • Compares relative frequencies of phones
  • Computes syllable structures
  • Generates phonotactic charts for all combinations of positions, phones, or features
  • Finds minimal pairs and/
  • ...


A tool for publishing dictionaries (bilingual or multilingual) on the web with a minimum amount of technical skill. 

Webonary includes the ability to set up Google analytics to track how many people visit your dictionary.

GAFAWS Position Analyzer

The GAFAWS Position Analyzer uses the algorithms documented in Joseph Grime's Paradigm book.  It can take a list of words broken into their affixes and produce an affix position chart.  The input can be a text file, from FieldWorks (version 6.0 or version 7.0), or an AMPLE ANA output file.

Speech Analyzer

Speech Analyzer is a computer program for acoustic analysis of speech sounds. You can use it to do the following tasks:

  • Perform fundamental frequency, spectrographic and spectral analysis, and duration measurements.
  • Add phonemic, orthographic, tone, and gloss transcriptions to phonetic transcriptions in an interlinear format.
  • Perform ethnomusicological analysis of music recordings.
  • Use slowed playback, repeat loops and overlays to assist with perception and mimicry of sounds for language learning.

Use PC-PATR with FLEx

A tool to use a PC-PATR grammar to (morphologically) disambiguate texts in FLEx.

Use PC-PATR with FLEx is a tool that can use a PC-PATR grammar to disambiguate a text or a portion of a text that has been analyzed in a FieldWorks Language Explorer project. You tell Use PC-PATR with FLEx the PC-PATR grammar file to use. Then you can choose a text or a portion of that text and ask Use PC-PATR with FLEx to try and disambiguate it.

Use PC-PATR with FLEx is compatible with version 9.0.4 Beta or higher of FLEx.



SFM2Web is a Python3 program that converts materials encoded using SIL's Standard Format Marker format (see a very brief description here) into web pages. The program can convert a lexicon, interlinear texts, Bible books, a multilanguage phrasebook, and language lessons, etc. into xHTML pages with formatting determined by cascading stylesheets (CSS).

These web pages may then be copied to a web server for publication to the Internet or to an intranet. But these aren't the only uses for the web pages. They can also be viewed on a local computer to view and/or check one's own work. Or they can be sent to a dictionary


XLingPaper is a way to author and archive linguistic papers or books using XML. Many of us prefer writing XLingPaper files with the XMLmind XML Editor. It makes writing XML much easier than other XML-oriented editors we've used.

This project contains not only the XLingPaper files, but also the configuration files for using XLingPaper with the XMLmind XML Editor.

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