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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Wordcorr tool for comparative linguistics
Submitter: Joseph Grimes
Description: Wordcorr, a new tool for research and teaching in comparative linguistics,
is now in production release 2.0 for Windows 98/2000/XP. It can be
downloaded free from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/wordcorr.

The University of Hawai`i at Mānoa's Linguistics department, SIL
International, and DataHouse Inc. of Honolulu, collaborated to produce
Wordcorr under a grant from the National Science Foundation's Information
Technology Research initiative and the Linguistics Program.

Wordcorr automates the tedious and risky process of tabulating and managing
the sound correspondences used in working out the historical development of
natural languages. Data can be input from the keyboard and edited in full
Unicode, or imported from other Wordcorr users, spreadsheets, WordSurv, and
Palmsurv; they are backed up by exporting the internal Wordcorr database
including analyses in zipped XML files that facilitate file sharing, for
example by research teams or in linguistics classes.

It gives access to all the data, all the time. A more detailed overview
will be available soon on http://www.wordcorr.org.
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Genetic Classification

LL Issue: 16.233
Date Posted: 25-Jan-2005

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