LINGUIST List 9.262

Sun Feb 22 1998

Qs: Kuvi Lang,OCR software,Interlinear Translation

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  1. Shelome A Gooden, Kuvi Language
  2. Ron Rhoades, OCR Software
  3. Vern M. Lindblad, Interlinear Translation Tools

Message 1: Kuvi Language

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 17:16:04 -0500 (EST)
From: Shelome A Gooden <>
Subject: Kuvi Language

To Whom This May Concern:

I am doing a phonology project on the Kuvi language, spoken in India
county of Orissa. I need additional data which shows constrasts between
geminate consonants and 'single' consonants. I have so far grammars
by Reddy 1969 and Israel 1969 which have conflicting transcriptions of
'geminates'. Do you know of any more recent /references sources of data
that I could access. If so could you forward an e-mail message to me at:

Thanks in advance
Shelome Gooden
Graduate Student
Department of Linguistics
Ohio State University
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Message 2: OCR Software

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 21:18:45 -0800
From: Ron Rhoades <>
Subject: OCR Software


I am looking for an inexpensive OCR program that recognizes Greek or
Hebrew characters.

If you know of one please let me know at

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Message 3: Interlinear Translation Tools

Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 23:15:27 -0800 (PST)
From: Vern M. Lindblad <>
Subject: Interlinear Translation Tools

Hi everyone,

I will soon need to do interlinear translations of several pages of text,
and do not savor the thought of trying to do it in Word for Windows. This
seems like the sort of low-level programming problem that many people must
have solved long ago, since linguists put examples into this format in
their papers all the time. Do any of you know of such a program
(preferably available free) that you would recommend, and how to get it? 

More specifically, what I need: 

a Word for Windows (or at least PC) -compatible editing program that will
help keep things neat and tidy as I take a page of continuous text in
another language and add to it word-by-word English translations aligned
directly below each word on the next line, and then add a smoother
sentence-by-sentence translation on the line below that. Thus, the
original text should appear on lines 1, 4, 7, 10 ..., the word-by-word
translation should appear on lines 2, 5, 8, 11 ..., and the smooth
translation should appear on lines 3, 6, 9, 12 .... (I'm sure I can
eventually accomplish this using ordinary WfW, but I don't relish the
thought of wrestling with all the problems of keeping everything lined up,
going back to make changes on previous lines that affect alignment, etc.)

What I do NOT need: a program to translate words from one lg. to another.

It seems like I remember seeing something like this mentioned on LL not
too long ago, but I searched back through all the LL files I have for the
last couple years and didn't recognize it from the titles. I also tried
searching for _interlinear translation_ on the WWW and got over 100 hits,
but none of them seem to be what I want. (I did find a similar query five
years ago in LL 4.399 titled "LaTeX style file for interlinear
translations required", but I am not using LaTeX. I also found that SIL
has a program called IT that both does interlinear translation and creates
a lexical database, and it is available for USD 60, but that seems a bit
high for my rather simple needs.) 

That's why I'm asking for your advice. 

Naturally, I will post a summary of any substantive responses.

Thanks, Vern

Vern M. Lindblad
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