LINGUIST List 8.1088

Sat Jul 26 1997

FYI: Dictionaries,Syllabification Software

Editor for this issue: Brett Churchill <>


  1. JP, Dictionary Links
  2. Bill Fisher, Syllabification Software

Message 1: Dictionary Links

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 1997 19:03:59 -0700
From: JP <>
Subject: Dictionary Links
has several links to dictionares.
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Message 2: Syllabification Software

Date: Fri, 25 Jul 1997 13:27:43 -0400
From: Bill Fisher <>
Subject: Syllabification Software

 A few years ago I wrote some software (C, under Unix) to do
English syllable division, and you all are welcome to it, caveat emptor.
You can get it via anonymous ftp to ''

 the two files you should pick up are


 When you uncompress and de-tar the first, it'll give you a directory
structure containing the guts of my syllabification software, which
you can install and test out. Look for the "readme" file.

 The second is just a filter version of a matrix program. If you
put it into the directory where all the other source code is and just
compile it with "gcc sylbfilt.c -o sylbfilt" it should compile o.k.
My style is to put comment headers at the beginning of source code
module files, so look there if you want to understand more of what
the code does. Also "doc" files, of course.

 It implements Kahn's theory of syllabification: ambisyllabic
consonants are recognized, some of the syllabifications are
stress-sensitive, and different syllabifications may
be given for a range of formal/informal speech registers
(uncalibrated, so far). It doesn't give you syllable-internal
structure, nor higher-level structure: it just marks where
syllable boundaries are.

 - Bill Fisher, NIST

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