14.500, Qs: Taxemes, Pronunciation Index

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Subject: 14.500, Qs: Taxemes, Pronunciation Index

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1)
Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:33:18 +0000
From:  Dan Everett <dan.everett at man.ac.uk>
Subject:  Taxemes and Readjustment Rules

2)
Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 16:32:11 +0100
From:  Eric Persson <eric at persson.tm>
Subject:  pronounciation index from a string

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 09:33:18 +0000
From:  Dan Everett <dan.everett at man.ac.uk>
Subject:  Taxemes and Readjustment Rules

Can readers of this list direct me to any explicit comparisons between
'readjustment rules' in Distributed Morphology and Sound Pattern of
English with Bloomfield's 'taxemes'?

For example, in Bloomfield (1935, 167ff) alternations e.g. duke + ess
- > duchess are discussed.  After combing these two forms, Bloomfield
states that a phonetic modification is necessary to get duchess and
that this modification is a further feature of grammatical
arrangement. This feature he calls a 'taxeme'. Moreover, he claims
that taxemes cannot contribute to meaning. (Taxemes are also discussed
in PH Matthews' Grammatical theory in the United States from
Bloomfield to Chomsky (CUP), 1993.)

-  Dan Everett


-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  Wed, 19 Feb 2003 16:32:11 +0100
From:  Eric Persson <eric at persson.tm>
Subject:  pronounciation index from a string

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a algoritm to generate some sort of pronounciation
index from a string. I've been looking at things like the levensthein
and the metaphone options, but they are more for comparing strings.

What I want is really to get an index of the pronounciation, and then
define an interval in where the index should be to be accepted.

It might be far fetched, but the goal is to determine wheather a
string is "easy or not" to pronounce.

Does anyone know of such an algoritm, or maybe you know where I should
look for one?

Thanks in advance,
	Eric

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