FLEx version 3.0 unveiled for eLexicography conference

(October 2009) SIL FieldWorks Language Explorer (FLEx) was released this month in version 3.0. FLEx is part of the SIL FieldWorks software suite that helps researchers to manage language and culture data from the initial collection stage to the publication of dictionaries, text collections and grammars. Acclaimed by field researchers for features not found in other software, FLEx is currently being used in small- to medium-sized dictionary projects worldwide and at several universities.

Conference: eLexicography in the 21st Century

FLEx is being presented by David Baines of SIL at an upcoming conference, eLexicography in the 21st Century (eLEX2009). "New Challenges, New Applications" is the theme for the event, which will be held in Belgium 22–24 October. The conference aims to explore innovative developments in the field of electronic lexicography. FLEx is part of SIL FieldWorks, which means that it is available under the SIL Open Source License, a license that encourages participation in the development of applications. SIL has developed more than 60 pieces of software to support the work of field workers. Like many other SIL software products, FLEx is available to the public for free download.

New features in version 3.0:

  • Spell-checking
  • A second morphological parser (Hermit Crab)
  • Ability to specify phonological features and rules in the grammar
  • Ability to specify affix process rules in the lexicon instead of adding allomorphs to express a phonological change
  • Ability to export a two-column dictionary view to XHTML (using Firefox)
  • Ability to configure reversalindexes for a dictionary
  • A discourse analysis text charting tool
  • Ability to export the text chart (discourse analysis) to MS Word
  • Ability to export interlinear text to Word 2007
  • And much more

Improved features include:

  • Faster processing
  • Expanded concordance capabilities
  • Expanded ability to interlinearize multilingual texts
  • Enhanced support of variants and complex forms

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