This tutorial will teach you the basics of using the Antconc concordancer.
Run the Antconc program.
In order to analyse a corpus we need to 1) open a file or files, 2) make a word list of it, and 3) make concordance lines. Strictly speaking making a word list is not a necessary step in Antconc. But since more than likely we do not know what we are looking for, it is the norm to do so.
Opening a file or files
To open a file, open the “File” menu and click “Open File(s)”.
A dialogue box will appear. Choose a text file (with extension .txt). To choose more than one file select the desired files while holding down the “Ctrl” key, then click “Open”. To open all the files in one folder, open the “File” menu and click “Open Dir”. All files within it, including subfolders will be opened.
Making a word list
Once your files have been selected click on the “Word List” tab. Check the “Treat all data as lowercase” box (this is optional), then click the “Start” button.
Making concordance lines
Click on any word in the “Word” column, or type in a search term (if you know what you are looking for) in the search box, to make concordance lines.
Congratulations! You have just made your first concordance lines in Antconc.