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Title: Software Announcement: WordGenerator
Submitter: Bill Poser
Description: This is to draw your attention to the release of a mature version of

WordGenerator generates hypothetical words from specifications of their
syllable structure. Given the maximum length of the words in syllables, the
abstract structure of syllables in the language (in terms of such units as
consonants and vowels or onsets and rhymes), and the segments that comprise
each abstract class (e.g. the list of onset consonants), WordGenerator
generates all of the conforming words. As an alternative, a random sample
of specified size may be requested.

WordGenerator was originaly devloped for the use of field linguists
desirous of checking the exhaustiveness of their lexical data. Other uses
include: construction of datasets for problems, exploring the combinatorics
of words, simulation of lexica, and constructing artificial languages.

WordGenerator is Free Software and runs on all major platforms including
GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation

LL Issue: 18.996
Date Posted: 02-Apr-2007

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