LINGUIST List 12.777

Tue Mar 20 2001

Software: ETYMO - Simulates Historical Sound Change

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  1. Schmuki Marcel, ETYMO - An Interpreter to Simulate Historical Sound Change

Message 1: ETYMO - An Interpreter to Simulate Historical Sound Change

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 00:54:48 +0100
From: Schmuki Marcel <>
Subject: ETYMO - An Interpreter to Simulate Historical Sound Change

ETYMO is an IBM-compatible program which simulates regular historical
sound change. ETYMO works as an interpreter which first reads a set of
linguistical rules that describe the diachronical evolution of a
language. It then applies those rules to ancestor words (which can be
single words or corpora containing an unlimited number of words) and
calculates its descendency line or lines (the program can handle
"single" an "multiple" evolutions - in the latter case, the different
possibilities are represented in an evolution tree). For each evolution
step, ETYMO can give detailed information about the transformation. All
evolutions can be saved and printed out. When used for corpus
calculations, ETYMO can give statistical information about the
regularity of the evolution. A set of linguistical rules describing the
evolution from latin to spanish is available.
The program has been developped as a diploma work ("ETYMO - un
interpr�teur linguistique dans le domaine de la linguistique
diachronique. Avec une application � l'�volution du latin � l'espagnol")
at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland).
The program, it's source code, the linguistical data (a corpus with 600
spanish words) and the written diploma work can be downloaded at

Marcel Schmuki
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