Computer-Based Processing of Literary Works and Study of Literature

17 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2014

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Vera Sibirtseva

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: April 28, 2014


Currently many software applications that enable text analysis are being created for different purposes (semantic reference tools, concordancers, sentiment analysis etc.), but are not being used by literary researchers. Computer software allows to facilitate the search of required information and to considerably save time. With such an approach to the field of linguistic and literary analysis – comparative analysis in particular – new opportunities and unexpected horizons are being offered.

This paper suggests a critical review of existing computer resources related to text processing and a consistent description of program applications, successfully tested on literary materials and used for text analysis at the Faculty of Humanities (HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod): linguistic annotated text corpora; collections of literary texts of one author; different computer tools such as AntConc concordancer, multifunctional text analyzer LEKTA, LF aligner for text alignment – those tools which allow a variety of loaded and analyzed text collections. Computer-based text analysis shall be practiced only with further literary description and interpretation. This comparison of data retrieved in the process of computer-based analysis with existing traditional researches may mark the dawn of a new stage of literary text analysis.

Keywords: text analysis, linguistic corpora, concordancer, literary works, translation.

JEL Classification: Z19

Suggested Citation

Sibirtseva, Vera, Computer-Based Processing of Literary Works and Study of Literature (April 28, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 07/LNG/2014. Available at SSRN: or

Vera Sibirtseva (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017

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