I have been busy learning my EVE/TPU editor in VAX VMS.
I have _Dracula_ from OTA in my system dir as .txt file and
have been able to do word freq. counts and boolean searches
with the VMS editor. I can specify tags and the searches will tell
me how many times a tag occurs in a work. Eg.g., in _Everyman in His
Own Humour_ by Ben Jonson, I was able to do freq. counts for
spkr>B, spkr>D, etc. I can do proximity searches of when A is on a
line with B, too.
What other kinds of tag (and other) searches might I
try to get my editor to do? Also, Is there any discussion
group going that deals with the issues of what searches yield
useful results, what are worthwhile things to search that actually
make one's case in a scholarly setting, etc? Th example of Shakespeare
applies for loopholes in thinking that word freq. gives some automatic
validity to one's thesis. Just bacause Sh. loaded _Romeo and Juliet_
with oral words and words about eating (cd. be derived from word
freq. searches), does this make it play about eating? When does freq.
PROVE anything about themes in a work?
I have been spending a lot of time on the technical, and now
I hope to talk to people who are up and running, for some judgements
about when and how to use these computer-searching tools.
Any ideas where I can find others to talk to? Thanks.
Gloria McMillan Adjunct Faculty, Pima Community College
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