The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1551 Tuesday, 22 August 2000.
Date: Monday, 21 Aug 2000 09:58:45 -0400
Years ago, Electronic Text Corp., then in Provo, Utah, published a
database of the Riverside Shakespeare. When this group disappeared, the
database was made available through another organization. What was the
name and address of this latter group?
PUBLISHED databases of Shakespeare's works are hard to come by. The
digital Shakespeare dictionary, produced mainly by Marvin Spevack and
associates, has not yet been published. The Arden Shakespeare database
was made available temporarily at a recent conference of the Shakespeare
Association, but my info is that further plans for it have been
shelved. A frequency word-list of all Shakespeare's words is available
through the generous work of the group at the U. of Victoria in British
Columbia, although it, and the others above, are not easy to use for
anyone interested in "dictionary words" (lemmas, lemmata, fundamental
lexical forms) instead of "concordance words" (all Shakespeare's words,
whatever their grammatical or lexical relationship). I'm not aware of
any other database which is freely available to anyone who needs it.