ConAno (Stede and Heintze 2004) is a Java tool for semi-automatic annotation of connectives and their arguments.
In ConAno, the text to be annotated is loaded into the window, and the first potential connective is automatically highlighted. Potential preposed or postposed modifiers, if any, of the connective are also highlighted (in a different color). The user moves with the mouse from one connective to the next and
- can with a mouseclick discard a highlighted item (it is not a connective or not a modifier),
- can call up a help window explaining the syntactic behavior and the relations of this connective,
- can call up a suggestion for the internal argument (i.e., text portion is highlighted),
- can analogously call up a suggestion for the external argument,
- can choose from a menu of the relations associated with this connective.
The current version of ConAno only handles German connectives (via DimLex; Stede and Umbach 1998), but you’d only need a different lexicon file to handle other languages as well. A version for English is in preparation.
Credits: Conano was originally implemented by Silvan Heintze. Later modifications by Georg Jähnig and Eric Tabbert.