Thursday, March 6, 2008

Still more ways to construct vocabulary / word frequency lists: Accordance, LaParola, Zhubert

In the two previous posts, I showed the ways to create Greek vocabulary / word frequency lists in Logos3 and BibleWorks7. I'll finish up this 'series' by demonstrating how to create such a list in some other programs, including a couple of free online resources. For this exercise, the task was to create a frequency list of all the words in 3 John. (BTW, thanks to Richard Wilson for pointing out the resources in LaParola, both the online and the desktop versions. He really has done a great job at his site in providing these and other resources.)

Accordance: It's easy in Accordance to conduct a search and specify a range. Once the results appear, click on Details, and then click on the Concordance. Results are provided in alphabetical order with frequency, and with hits shown in context.

La Parola (desktop): La Parola is a very fine, free program, and I will provide a longer review of it some time. (Program can be downloaded HERE.) The program has a built in "Create Concordance" tool as you can see in the screen chapter. Supply the range and text to use, select how you want results to appear, and choose words or roots. The results appear appear quickly with frequency and hit results.

LaParola (online): Start HERE for the La Parola online version. As you can see on the graphic, there are quite a few tasks you can accomplish in the online version. We want to use the "Find Words" section. You can see the variety of choices you can make: root or word (with many morphological presets), range, frequency, text. Results are fairly quickly in two columns with words and frequencies. The words are all linked to lexical resources. Zhubert is another free, online resource, this one by Zack Hubert. From the home page, click on the "vocab lists" which will serve up the page in the graphic above. Select a book or a range (it works for the Greek NT and the Greek LXX), and the results are returned as a Word Distribution Listing. Click on the distribution frequency you want, and results are returned very quickly in 3 columns: word, frequency, definition. Clicking on the word will bring you to a ton of lexical and frequency resources.

That's all I have for now for ways to create Greek frequency lists. Let me know what I am missing. Thanks.


  1. Textanz allows to find out not only word frequencies, but also frequencies of phrases and wordforms. In addition - concordance, charts, export to Excel are available. Flexible settings and friendly interface, highlighting of occurrences in source text, best known analysis algorithms. If interested, know more about Textanz at

    Kind regards,
    Daniel Kane

  2. Textanz looks to be rather powerful at doing the kind of frequency stats. It would work well with an English text, but probably not so well when searching for Greek morphological forms.