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LINGUIST List 16.2753

Sun Sep 25 2005

Qs: English Allomorphic Variation; Speech Recognition

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        1.    Sue Fox, Allomorphic Variation in the English Article System
        2.    Julia Festman, Speech Recognition Software for English and Russian

Message 1: Allomorphic Variation in the English Article System
Date: 25-Sep-2005
From: Sue Fox <suefox.homentlworld.com>
Subject: Allomorphic Variation in the English Article System

I am investigating variable allomorphy in the English article system among
adolescents in London, where I have found high levels of lack of allomorphy
among some groups.

For example, 'a apple' is quite frequent as is 'the apple' where 'the' ends in a
schwa as opposed to a high front vowel. This would seem to be an innovation
among young people here as it does not appear to be present in the speech of
older Londoners but I am interested to know of other varieties of English (both
in the UK and around the anglophone world) where this lack of allomorphy occurs.
I am aware of work on the distribution of 'the' before vowels in NZE.

References to any literature on this feature would also be appreciated. A
summary of responses will be posted.

Sue Fox
Dept of Modern Languages
Queen Mary College, University of London

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Message 2: Speech Recognition Software for English and Russian
Date: 14-Sep-2005
From: Julia Festman <julia.festmannat.uni-magdeburg.de>
Subject: Speech Recognition Software for English and Russian

Is the 'Dragon Naturally Speaking 8 preferred or professionally' really as
good as they say? Is anyone working with it to get interviews transcribed?

We are looking for a software for faster transcription of interviews in
German and Russian. Is there something similar on the market for Russian?

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

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