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Re: General Purpose Dictionary Generator

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Thursday, October 26, 2006, 18:12
On Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 06:10:37PM +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> I hope it would not be too specialized to allow search by regular > expressions in the standard version. I often find myself wanting to > search for words based on criteria like "t between vowels", "stops > after nasals" "velars followed by front vowels" and whatnot, which I > can't do in my current db application, and I wouldn't know how to > alter the source code...
[...] The current Perl script that I use to manage Tatari Faran's lexicon, I have an extended version of regular expressions that lets me type V to mean any vowel, and C to mean any consonant. Hence, I can search for "VtV" and it will return all entries with /t/ between vowels. <shameless plug> In fact, you can do this from the TF lexicon search page too, at: Set "using" to "regular expressions" and "in" to "Tatari Faran", then you can specify a regular expression, possibly including 'C' or 'V' for consonant or vowel. </shameless plug> In terms of implementation, this is just a simple matter of substituting 'C' with a character class containing all vowels, and similarly with 'V', and then compiling the resulting regex. IMNSHO, I consider regex search to be an indispensible feature in a conlang lexicon tool. Conlang lexicons just vary too widely to be usefully covered by "traditional" search methods. T -- Prosperity breeds contempt, and poverty breeds consent. --