Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 228. Wednesday, 7 April 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 6 Apr 93 23:05 EST
Subject: 4.0224 Re: Speaking the Verse
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0224 Re: Speaking the Verse
Regarding Folio (and even quarto) punctuation: Audrey Stanley is now
teaching a voice and acting workshop for me at Trinity College, and she
has us all drilled into remembering that punctuation in Elizabethan/
Jacobean poetic texts is less frequent than in modern texts, and that
its meaning often has more to do with vocal expression (in the case of
plays especially) than with grammatical necessity. If you keep this
in mind, looking to both quarto and folio punctuations as a guide to
reading, more than as grammatical markers, the results can be very
helpful. You end up with a lot more commas and many fewer colons and
semi-colons than in our modern editions of Shakespeare, but the
commas are often meaningful to the verse as spoken expressions.
Just one more small voice in an ongoing discussion . . . .
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 226. Wednesday, 7 April 1993.
Date: Tuesday, 6 Apr 1993 19:04:42 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 4.0209 Electronic Text Concordance Program
Comment: Re: SHK 4.0209 Electronic Text Concordance Program
A question in response to Robert O'Connor's good news about the public
domain program available via ftp that will write a concordance for an
electronic text: does anyone know of a similar program, similarly
available, that will work on IBM systems?
[Editor's Note: You may wish to consider TACT, a program developed at
the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at the University of Toronto.
Below is a December 2, 1992, SHAKSPER posting from Ian Lancashire that
describes how to obtain the file from FTP. --hmc]
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 347. Wednesday, 2 December 1992.
Date: Tuesday, 1 Dec 1992 18:04:05 -0500
Subject: Software for analysis
TACT 1.2B (1991) for MS-DOS is available without charge for FTP
transfer to your account from epas.utoronto.ca. TACT does interactive
concordances, indexes, distribution graphs, frequency lists, collocate
tables, fixed phrase lists, etc.
Generally (details may vary from site to site), you start FTP to this
site by typing
and then move into the pub/cch/tact/dist1.2B subdirectory. Do a
directory (type `dir') and you will see the files. To have them
returned to your account, type
and be sure to set `binary' as the transfer mode (I think this is
You can just get a description of TACT by retrieving `whatis.tact'.
A listserv exists to answer questions about using the program.
We are working closely with MLA now to publish the documentation of a new
version, 2.0 (yet to be released), and hope that this will happen in
the coming year.
Dept. of English, New College
Director, Centre for Computing in the Humanities
Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. M5S 1A1, CANADA
Voice: (416) 978-8279; FAX: (416) 978-6519
E-mail: ian @ epas.utoronto.ca