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Field Linguist’s Toolbox

Data management, parsing and text analysis

Toolbox is a data management and analysis tool for field linguists. It is especially useful for maintaining lexical data, and for parsing and interlinearizing text, but it can be used to manage virtually any kind of data.

Field Linguist's Toolbox is actively supported. Some places on the SIL website appear to say that it is unsupported or discontinued. But that only means that no SIL international people are involved in supporting Toolbox. Toolbox support is provided by people from an SIL field entity. You can always get help by writing to Toolbox @

If you have never used Toolbox see Toolbox Information.

For free download of the Toolbox program and supporting materials see Toolbox Downloads.

For techniques to use Toolbox more effectively see Toolbox Techniques.

For additional documentation for Toolbox see Toolbox Documentation.

For downloadable optional extras for Toolbox see Toolbox Extras.

For links to other Toolbox related sites see Toolbox Links.

For information about planned enhancements to Toolbox see Toolbox Plans.

For information about past Toolbox upgrades see Toolbox Versions.

If you are a user of Shoebox see Upgrading from Shoebox to Toolbox.