The Linguist's Search Engine

12 April 2010.

Thank you for your interest in the Linguist's Search Engine. Unfortunately this project is no longer active and the LSE is no longer running. (Actually, the project became inactive several years ago. It's a testament to Aaron Elkiss, the student who wrote the code, that it continued to run as long as it did virtually maintenance free. But all good things must come to an end...)

If you are interested in reading about the Linguist's Search Engine, see:

  • Philip Resnik, Aaron Elkiss, Ellen Lau, and Heather Taylor, "The Web in Theoretical Linguistics Research: Two Case Studies Using the Linguist's Search Engine", 31st Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 2005, pp. 265-276. [paper, presentation]

If you are interested in trying out the code yourself, or in applying ideas from the Linguist's Search Engine in a new search engine of your own, see the "Source Code" link below under "Documentation" as well as the following:

If you wind up publishing something based on these ideas, please remember to cite us!

If you used the LSE and found it valuable, I'd be very happy to hear about it. Please send me mail at

Best regards,

Philip Resnik
University of Maryland

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Getting Started Guide

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LSE User's Guide
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LSE Administrator's Guide
LSE Developer's Guide
Source Code
Project Information

Suggested Browsers help

The Linguist's Search Engine requires either Internet Explorer 6, Mozilla 1.5 or later or Firefox 0.8 or later or another Mozilla-based browser such as Netscape 7 or Camino. You will also need to install Java. Version 1.4.2 or newer is required - to check what version of Java you have, go to

Internet Explorer 5 and older (Mac or PC), Safari (Mac) and Opera (any platform) are not supported.

Note for Macintosh Users: By default only Java 1.3.1 is supported in Mozilla-based browsers on the Macintosh. To enable Java 1.4.2 in Mozilla, Firefox, Netscape and Camino you must download an updated Java plugin. Installation instructions:

  1. Download the most recent version from the SourceForge project page
  2. Quit Firefox, Safari and/or any other Web browser you have open.
  3. Unzip using StuffIt Expander or your favorite zip utility
  4. Move JavaEmbeddingPlugin.bundle and MRJPlugin.plugin from the Binaries folder in the unzipped archive to the /Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder on your hard disk.
  5. Open a terminal and run touch "/Library/Internet Plug-Ins/MRJPlugin.plugin" - this updates the timestamp on the plugin so that it will be used for Java applets instead of Java Applet.plugin
  6. Finally restart your browser and go to You should see a pink box that reads "Java Version: 1.4.2_05 from Apple Computer, Inc."

See the included documentation for more information and for special instructions for using with Camino 0.7 (Camino 0.8 and later work with the regular installation instructions)