Discourse Analysis (computer model)

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Tue Aug 1 22:58:00 EDT 2000

In a message dated 08/01/2000 8:24:02 PM Central Daylight Time, 
CWestf5155 at aol.com writes:

<< I know that the formal  linguistic criteria for markers of prominence and 
marked grammatical features  could be entered in a computer and traced 
through a discourse. >>

I know that Hermeneutica BibleWorks 4 will identify and locate any 
combination of words and/or tenses that you can logically specify through 
it's "advanced functions."  I have been using it for about a year for simpler 
searches on words, tenses, and forms.  I have yet to do complex searches with 
it, simply because I have not yet devoted the time to learn the capacities of 
the system by digging through the owners manual.  The program does come with 
tutorials, which are worth going through more than once, especially for the 
learner/new owner of the program.

A major drawback to this Bible program/system is it's expense at over $450 
per copy.

A major asset of the system is the ability to use most of the English, 
Hebrew, and Greek versions of the Bible, plus many current world languages.  
Included are German, French, Latin, Argonese, Vietnamese, and many more.  
These translations can be searched by word, phrase, tense, or any combination 
of these.  BibleWorks can even display interlinear translations of passages, 
in either their "pure" form or with the morphology.  However, there are some 
languages which are not represented, such as Japanese.

BibleWorks has the capability to give definitions from several of the 
standard lexicons and Bible dictionaries, such as Louw & Nida and Freiberg, 
simply by positioning the mouse cursor over the AV, GNT, or Hebrew words, 
with more complex data at the click of the mouse.  Searches of the Bible data 
bases are completed in seconds, not minutes, and complete data on the search 
results are displayed.  The search capabilities and complexity of possible 
searches is only limited by the knowledge and imagination of the user.

As the version number of "4" indicates, this program is being improved and 
updated continuously, and the publishers offer the upgrades at "nominal" 
prices, even notifying the owner by snail mail or email hen the updates are 
being offered on the market.

Although I have not mastered this program, I would recommend it to students 
of God's Word (with deep pockets) as a wise investment for years to come.  

Tim Mills

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