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   RE: [xml-dev] [ANN] XML Limerick Competition

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So far so good.  Now, how do you check it for 
"funny" or "sensible"?

No "near rhymes".  YAGNI. :-)


-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff Greif [mailto:jgreif@alumni.princeton.edu]

Just take the words and their pronunciations, which presumably are already
syllabified and marked with stresses.  Would need to handle morphological
transformations for common prefixes and suffixes.

So you would map a 'word' in the limerick to its dictionary entry,
           <syllable stress="primary">lih</syllable>

I made up my own pronunciation notation here for illustration. The one in
the OED would certainly be better.

So the limerick would be <lines> containing <line>s each containing <word>s.
By constructing the strings of syllables representing a line using XPath and
comparing the last several from the lines that are supposed to rhyme, you'd
be able to evaluate to some crude approximation the rhymes as well as the
metric compliance.  You'd probably want to have some kind of predicate which
determines, using regular expression matching.whether two sequences of
syllables rhyme, based on some standard rules of rhyming.  Then you could
add some near-rhyme heuristics.  The pronunciation notation will give a much
easier matching set for determining rhymes.


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