SUMMARY: A linguistics computer program designed to aid in the collection and analysis of word lists.
DETAILS: A typical language survey may involve determining linguistic relationships through the comparison of word lists. WordSurv is designed to aid in this task. It functions in three main areas: (1) entry and maintenance of word lists and cognate decisions, (2) computation of lexicostatistic and phonostatistic measures of similarity, and (3) output of data and results in various formats. WordSurv also supports the COMPASS algorithm to aid in comparative reconstruction.
Refer questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2012, WordSurv 7 was released as a joint effort between SIL and Taylor University. This version was redesigned to be very fast, and much easier to use for anyone who is familiar with lists in Windows Explorer or Excel.
Fundamentally, the rewrite is addressing:
Increased functionality in the lists
Improved performance on large databases
Long-term maintainability (The code is being written so that it is more easily picked up by a new programmer)
Simplification of the interface (So new users are able to use it more intuitively)