Manatee is a corpus manager, e.i. a software tool for corpus processing. A corpus is understood here as a huge collection of texts in electronic form. It is used as a resource of the empirical language data, i.e. words, their meanings and contexts they occur in. The corpora can be employed in many fields of linguistics (morphology, syntax, semantics, stylistics, sociolinguistics etc.) and the corpus managers are primary tools enabling corpus exploration.

Bonito is a graphical user interface (GUI) of the Manatee system. First of all, Bonito helps users to create queries and displays its results (concordance lists) from different viewpoints.

One of the basic features of the Manatee system is a client/server architecture. Bonito is a client and runs on many systems with only minimal requirements on computer performance.

Natural Language Processing Laboratory (NLPlab) at the Faculty of Informatics, Masaryk University, Brno, provides an access to selected corpora for staff and studens of Masaryk University and for cooperating researchers outside of the university. Persons concerned in this access have to fill in and sign the form and send it to:

Pavel Rychly
Faculty of Informatics
Masaryk University
Botanicka 68a
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Then they can install Bonito which is used for the corpus access. They will received a login and password and will be able to use given NLPlab corpora.


An installation on Windows 95/98/2000/NT/ME systems is very simple: create a directory for Bonito (for example C:\Bonito) and unpack the zip archive bonito-win.zip in this directory. After this you can run bonito.exe command to lounch the client.

On Unix systems and Macintoshes (but you can use this procedure also on Windows systems) you need to install Tcl/Tk first and then unpack the zip archive bonito-src.zip. Bonito command is bonito.tcl in this case. Tcl/Tk version 8.3 or higher is recommended, installation is available for example on ActiveState pages.

If you would like to use the English user interface of Bonito, run Bonito with -set-lang english options first (for example: bonito.exe -set-lang english). All subsequent runs of Bonito will use English as a default interface language.

Pavel Rychlý