A typical language survey may involve determining linguistic relationships through the comparison of word lists. WordSurv is designed to aid in this task. It functions in three main areas:
- entry and maintenance of word lists and cognate decisions,
- computation of lexicostatistic and phonostatistic measures of similarity, and
- output of data and results in various formats.
WordSurv also supports the COMPASS algorithm to aid in comparative reconstruction.
WordSurv is being developed through a partnership between the Computer and Systems Science Department at Taylor University and SIL International.
Version 7 is the most recent release (April 2012) and is available for download.
If you have questions about using WordSurv 7, you can find help in several places:
- The "Wordsurv 7 at a glance" document in the help menu
- The "Wordsurv Quick Refernce guide" document in the help menu
- The new WordSurv helps, designed to actually be helpful
- The FAQs and known issues on Taylor's WordSurv 7 website.