Project PToleMy

Transforming the word

Sometimes elements of languages, particularly words borrowed from other languages, are transformed to match the available phonemes in a language. Such transformations are generally regular and can be learnt and then applied automatically to allow other systems to recognise similar forms which have undergone transformation.

PToleMy stands for Phoneme Transliteration Matrix and is an implementation of a Hidden Markov Model (HMM) which learns common transformations and then applies them to predict similar transformations in new contexts.