Author Archives: Kellen Parker van Dam

Implementing Fuzzy Spelling Search in Dictionaries of Under-Described Languages Lacking Standard Orthographies

Non-standard orthographies are common in the world of under-described language documentation. Whether they are semi-conventionalised community spellings, orthographies partially adopted from missionary works, or hastily transcribed texts representing as-yet uncertain phonologies, there is a need to be able to work through lexical data in a way which can accommodate and respond to such non-standard transcriptions. Here, a few options are considered, with a solution for fuzzy string matching based on attested variations is presented.

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