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Constantina Stamou a écrit:
> Dear list members,
> this is what I received on my query about metrical scanners for English verse:
> Thank you very much for your responses.
> From: Jason Eisner <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Not aware of anything, but such a system could be built.
> The first step is to find the stressed syllables when the poem is read
> as prose. This might be approximated by looking up the dictionary
> pronunciations of the words. In general, however, the stress pattern
> sometimes depends on part of speech ("progress," "content," etc.) and
> even on context.
> Text-to-speech systems have to solve this problem, and you may be
> able to use such a system to convert your poem to a phonological
> representation that accurately marks syllables and their stresses.
> Now you have to get from the stress pattern to a tag indicating the
> meter type. Hand-written heuristics may suffice for this, though
> sloppy meter is perhaps harder to recognize than strict meter. Another
> option would be to annotate some examples with tags and train a
> statistical model on them. For example, an HMM whose state records
> the last few observations (stress, no-stress, line break) as well as
> the hidden current tag.
> -cheers, jason eisner
> From: Susan Hockey <email@example.com>
> You can find some discussion of computers and metrical
> scansion in my book Electronic Texts in the Humanities,
> OUP 2000. The success of this technique depends to
> a large extent on the natural language and the specific metre.
> Susan Hockey
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