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On 1 March 2011 00:23, Christian Lohmaier
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Hi Peter,

On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Peter Ruwoldt <> wrote:

I am wanting to develop a Pitjantjatjara spell checker for

Well, I know nothing about that language, and I'm not sure whether you
really intended to write what you did.
I don't think it is necessary to develop a new spell-checker, but
instead it is enough to create a corresponding dictionary for the
existing spellchecker, namely hunspell.

[...] I have a list of words in a unicode text file where each word is on a
new line.  There are about 2300 lines/words.

This is a rather short list, very likely not enough for automatic
affix creation. I guess that this list doesn't included flexed forms
of the words anyway (i.e. past and future forms, genitives, etc.)

I have no idea what to do next and I would appreciate clues for the next steps.

You need to have a good understanding on how words are formed in the language.

For example if plural of a word is (almost) always formed by appending
an "s" to a word, then you should create an affix rule for that, etc.

But without knowing the languge specifics, it is hard to give a
concrete path. But then again 2300 is really short. With that list,
you can just save that list as a dictionary without any
affix/transformation rules.

But to develop a dictionary, not only a list with correct words, but
also a list with (possibly automatically generated) list of misspelled
words is needed, to do quality checks on your modifications.


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Thanks Christian
I've checked out the Hunspell project and I do not want to create a
new checker, just the dictionary.  I figured that a plain word list
with no aff will allow a start to be made.  I have got a linguist
working with me and I figured that from here we could evolve the
project over time.

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Peter Ruwoldt
Grant High School
Hosking Avenue

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F. 08 87250173

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