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Working paper

Compyter-based processing of literary works and study of literature

Currently many software applications, enabling text analysis, are being created for different purposes (semantic reference tools, concordancers, sentiment analysis etc.), but not used by literary researchers. Computer software allows to facilitate the search of the required information and to save time considerably. With such approach to the field of linguistic and literary analysis, a comparative analysis in particular, new opportunities and unexpected horizons are being offered. The present paper suggest a critical review of existing computer resources, related to text processing, and a consistent description of application of programs, successfully tested on literary materials and used for text analysis at the Faculty of Humanities (HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod): linguistic annotated text corpora; collections of literary texts of one author; different computer tools such as AntConc concordancer, multifunctional text analyzer LEKTA, LF aligner for text alignment, i.e. those tools which allow varying of loaded and analyzed text collections. Computer-based text analysis shall be practiced only with further literary description and interpretation. With this comparison of data, retrieved in the process of computer-based analysis, with existing traditional researches may become a new stage of literary text analysis.