The York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus
of Old English Prose
The directions below are for Windows.
If you are currently using the PPCME2 and have the CorpusSearch program,
you can start using the corpus right away.
All the files on the YCOE CD are ascii files so there is no installation to
be done. Just copy the YCOE folder from the CD to your computer. A good
place to put it is in the Program Files folder, where your PPCME2-CS folder
It is possible for CorpusSearch to access the parsed files from anywhere on
your computer, but you may have to type very long path names in order to do
this. To access the parsed files easily with minimal typing, you should put
them in the same folder as the CSearch program icon (which should be the
PPCME2-CS folder). There are two options:
Please note that there are some differences in the annotation systems of
the two corpora. A list of the major differences can be found here; for further
information, the user should refer to the various manuals.
- Rename the psd folder in PPCME2-CS me-psd, copy the
psd folder from the YCOE folder to the PPCME2-CS folder and
rename it oe-psd (the names are given as examples only, nothing
hinges on using these exact names). You can now search Middle English files
using me-psd\* when asked for a source file and Old English files
- Copy the files from the YCOE psd folder into the PPCME2-CS
psd folder. If you do this, you will have all your Old and Middle
English files in the same folder. Because all the Middle English files
begin with cm and the Old English with co, you can
differentiate them when searching by using psd\cm* for Middle
English and psd\co* for Old English.
Non PPCME2 users
The first step is to get a copy of the CorpusSearch program. Note that
CorpusSearch 1 (the version described in this documentation) is no
longer available. CorpusSearch 2 is open source software and can be
downloaded from http://corpussearch.sourceforge.net/.
Further instructions on using CorpusSearch 2 can be found on the PCEEC
After you have installed CorpusSearch, copy the psd folder from the
YCOE CD into the folder containing the CSearch program icon. Then just follow
the directions for using CorpusSearch. When asked for a source file use
psd\* to search the entire corpus or psd\filename.psd for
See also CorpusSearch for
Windows for some advice on how to use CorpusSearch easily and
efficiently under Windows, and A first search for
instructions on running CorpusSearch.