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Author Frantz, Donald G.
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Keyword List processing ♦ Diachronic linguistics ♦ Natural language processing ♦ Comparative method ♦ Sound correspondence ♦ Historical linguistics ♦ Comparative linguistics ♦ Genetic relationship ♦ Regular correspondence ♦ Sound change
Abstract A practical PL/1 program is described which can assist comparative linguists to determine the regular sound correspondences between genetically related languages. The investigator must arrange data for input by aligning pairs of suspected cognates. The program tabulates the correspondences, and uses list processing techniques to sort and count them. Each pair of words is then assigned a relative value that is a function of the total frequency in the data of each correspondence found in that pair of words. The output is a list of all correspondence types with their frequency of occurrence in the data, and a separate listing of each correspondence with all wordpairs showing that correspondence (unless their relative value is below an arbitrarily chosen cutoff point). The article explains the usefulness, as well as the limitations, of the program, and illustrates its use with a small portion of hypothetical data.
Description Affiliation: Univ. of Alberta, Alta., Canada (Frantz, Donald G.)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2005-08-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal Communications of the ACM (CACM)
Volume Number 13
Issue Number 6
Page Count 4
Starting Page 353
Ending Page 356


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