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Re: [aspell-devel] support for compound words and word skipping by conte

From: Chris Hornbaker
Subject: Re: [aspell-devel] support for compound words and word skipping by context
Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2004 23:20:44 +0000
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On Friday 26 March 2004 20:37, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Mar 2004, Chris Hornbaker wrote:
> > On Friday 26 March 2004 17:07, Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> > > On Fri, 26 Mar 2004, Chris Hornbaker wrote:
> > > >  I just saw the entry for support for compound words under Important
> > > > Items in the To Do section of the pre-release manual docs. The
> > > > language I'd like to add support for has the potential to have
> > > > millions of compound words. It has some simple rules for combining
> > > > them (like, no consonant pairs). If I can be of some help, then
> > > > please let me know.
> >
> > I didn't mean "no consonant pairs" in the above, I meant "no double
> > consonant pairs", like dd, cc, gg, etc.
> >
> > > I need details.  I am especially interested in cases where
> > > concatenating two words together is not sufficient.
> >
> > Typically an extra letter is added -- sorta like a glue that keeps them
> > separate, but together. When two consonants connect that -are not-
> > permissible, then the letter 'y' is placed between them. So, "dd" becomes
> > "dyd".
> >
> > There's also the case where you'd need to add a consonant to meet the
> > "you must have a permissible consonant pair within the first five letters
> > of the word, excluding the letters y and ' (apostrophe)" rule. When you
> > have a word like "soi" and you want to combine it with "sai" (creating
> > "soisai", which is illegal) you use the letter "r" to create a
> > permissible consonant pair.  In this case, "soisai" would need to be
> > "soirsai" to be legal. If, however, "r" cannoy be used (like when it
> > would create a "rr" consonant pair), then you would use "n".
> OK.  I see.  Can it get more complicated than that?

Yes. In fact, it would be much easier to point you to the reference grammar.
The chapter should be understandable on its own. It also gives a good 
background on some linguistic concepts. :-)

I can't really phrase what the chapter details any better than it does, but, 
if you stumble on something, then let me know and I'll try to explain.

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