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Date: 11-Mar-2009 From: Thorsten Brato <thorsten.bratoanglistik.uni-giessen.de> Subject: Auto Tagging of Lexical Sets/Variables E-mail this message to a friend
We are currently developing a software programme that will allow the automatic tagging of transcriptions of sociolinguistic interviews, word lists, reading passages or any other written data for the standard lexical sets and also for consonant variables. The software is currently in alpha stage and consists mainly of lists of words compiled for different varieties of English by ourselves, however we will be integrating data from pronouncing dictionaries for RP (and possibly GA) in the following step. We aim to build a database of words that also takes into account syllable stress and phonological environment. This database would then be made available for interested colleagues on the internet.
There do not seem to be any such lists available on the internet but we are sure that many of you have compiled similar lists to ours and we would very much appreciate your contribution to this project.
If you have any lists of words that are categorised by lexical set, vowel or consonant variable for any variety of English we would be happy to hear from you.