LINGUIST List 33.2149

Mon Jun 27 2022

FYI: Treemendous: syntactic (and other) tree creation tool for the blind

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 26-Jun-2022
From: Bill Dengler <>
Subject: Treemendous: syntactic (and other) tree creation tool for the blind
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I'm a totally blind recent graduate of Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, from which I've received a linguistics minor. At the start of my studies, I took an introductory syntax course, but found the creation and review of tree diagrams very difficult. I'm also a computer science (CS) major, and found trees in CS courses difficult to access as well.

To make trees easier to access, I've developed an open-source tool, Treemendous, that I hope will be helpful to other blind students and practitioners. Treemendous allows the user to create and edit trees in an accessible, linear format that should be familiar to screen reader users. Users can also convert trees into LaTeX (Qtree), Graphviz, and png format.

Treemendous can be found on GitHub:

I hope the list finds Treemendous at least interesting if not helpful!

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics; Computational Linguistics; Syntax

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