Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




From the introduction: "This paper describes AMPLE, a morphological parser (i.e., a program that parses words into morphemes). AMPLE grew out of work in computer assisted dialect adaption, as described in section 1. It contains no language-specific code, being controlled entirely through external, user-written files, the notations of which were designed for linguists. AMPLE's constructs are linguistic: "allomorph," "morpheme," "conditioning environment," "co-occurrence constraint," etc.

AMPLE's fundamental algorithm is (i) to discover all possible decompisitions of a word into allomorphs, and (ii) to eliminate those which fail any conditions, constraints or tests imposed by the user."

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