Varro’s Four Parts of Speech for Latin

In my post Morphological Parts of Speech in Greek last year, I presented a model of five or six parts of speech based purely on what they inflect for. I just found out Varro suggested similar for Latin over two thousand years ago.

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Inflexion: Generic Code for Morphological Generation and Parsing

Over the last few years, I’ve worked on a number of iterations of code that can generate Ancient Greek verb forms. I’ve now broken out the Greek-specific pieces and released a generic library called inflexion.

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17th International Morphology Meeting

I’m current in Vienna for the International Morphology Meeting.

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An Updated Solution to Polytonic Greek Unicode’s Problems

In Polytonic Greek Unicode Still Isn’t Perfect, I enumerated various challenges that still exist with using Polytonic Greek when vowel length needs to be marked. I now have a better appreciation of what solutions are actually realistic.

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Polytonic Greek Unicode Still Isn’t Perfect

Whether we’re talking about fonts, programming languages, keyboard entry or even the command-line, support for polytonic Greek has greatly improved even in the last 10 years much less the 23 years since I’ve been doing computational analysis of Greek texts.

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greek-utils 0.1 Released

While I write and release a lot of Python code for working with Ancient Greek, it tends to be either throwaway code for data wrangling or fairly specialized code for things like accentuation or inflectional morphology.

I decided there needed to be a place to put lightweight utilities that can be used by a range of different projects. This is the motivation for greek-utils.

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Direct Speech Capitalization and the First Preceding Head

As part of my explicit annotation of the normalization column in MorphGNT, I started down the rabbit hole of capitalization conventions which led to an interesting experiment with direct speech and the GBI syntax trees.

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MorphGNT 6.07 Released

The latest release of MorphGNT (with a corresponding release of the Python library py-sblgnt) fixes some lemmatization issues along with a couple of accent and part-of-speech changes.

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Gouin on Language Learning

I recently found out about François Gouin, a sort of proto-Charles Berlitz who wrote (in French) a book called The art of teaching and studying languages, published in 1880 and then translated and published in English in 1892.

I’ve only skimmed the book so far but it looks like it contains some real gems relating to the teaching of Greek.

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Off to the Linguistic Society of America’s 90th Annual Meeting

I’m heading off to the LSA’s annual meeting for the first time.

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