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Title: A Chrome extension that adds diacritics to English
Submitter: Ziyuan Yao
Description: PIE Transformer automatically adds diacritics to English words on a
Web page to indicate their pronunciations. This has three uses:

1. For English-as-a-second-language (ESL) people to learn correct
English word pronunciations.

2. For native English-speaking children to learn how to read. (See 'No
Child Left Behind Act'.)

3. Recreational use. Show off a sentence in the PIE (Phonetically
Intuitive English) form to your online friends or use it in your commercial

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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Language Specialty: English

LL Issue: 23.2081
Date Posted: 30-Apr-2012

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