Re: Things to do with text

From: Ted Hopp (
Date: Mon Nov 12 2007 - 08:45:30 CST

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    One interesting application I've seen is cantillation synthesis of the
    Hebrew Bible. Kinnor Software ( markets a product called
    Trope Trainer that chants any selection from the Torah using a voice,
    pronunciation, and melody that the user selects. They have a free demo that
    gives a good idea of its capabilities. (For those unfamiliar with Jewish
    ritual practices, there is a tradition of weekly public readings from the
    Hebrew Bible. High priority is given to accuracy in chanting. This software
    is a study tool for readers.)

    The Kinnor software appears to be built on top of the DECtalk system
    developed in the 1980s. I don't know what data representation it (the Kinnor
    software) uses internally, but it's reasonable to think that the system is
    built on top of a straight text encoding. The musical aspects set it off
    from the usual text-to-speech application.

    Ted Hopp
    ZigZag, Inc.

    Hebrew in Hand, for your mobile device

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "John Hudson" <>
    Cc: "Unicode Discussion" <>
    Sent: Monday, November 12, 2007 12:02 AM
    Subject: Re: Things to do with text

    > Michael Maxwell wrote:
    >> Like the things corpus linguists do to build applications, or field
    >> linguists do to analyze a language? And if so, are you interested in
    >> annotated text (footnoted text, interlinear text, text tagged for names
    >> or numbers...), or just plain text in one or more languages?
    > I'm primarily interested, at the moment, in activities or operations that
    > rely heavily on the fact that the text is computerised, i.e. that would be
    > difficult or impossible to do with 'analogue' text. I'm particularly
    > interested in the sort of things that can be said to happen invisibly,
    > i.e. operations performed on text as encoded entities that might only be
    > secondarily displayed using fonts, or perhaps not displayed at all. So
    > yes, I think the sort of things corpus linguists might do would be of
    > interest, and I'd like to gain an understanding of some examples.
    > Thanks.
    > John Hudson
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