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Academic Paper

Title: BASRAH: an automatic system to identify the meter of Arabic poetry
Author: Maytham Alabbas
Institution: University of Basrah
Author: Zainab A. Khalaf
Institution: University of Basrah
Author: Khashan M. Khashan
Linguistic Field: Ling & Literature; Phonology; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
Abstract: Arabic prosody is the science that studies the music of Arabic poetry, which is mainly meter and rhyme. The identification of meters for Arabic verses or poems is a complicated task. This task requires a certain level of expertise to identify the meter to which a verse belongs. In this paper, we present BASRAH, a system that automatically identifies the meter of Arabic poetry by using the numerical prosody method. The numerical prosody method depends on verse coding, which is derived from the general concept of Al-Khalil's feet by using two primary units (cord = 2) and (peg = 3). On testing both old and modern Arabic verses and poems, BASRAH has proved to be an efficient tool to help inexperienced users to determine the meter of Arabic verses and poems.


This article appears IN Natural Language Engineering Vol. 20, Issue 1.

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