Its defintely not wasted time to try linguistic analysis with
Perl, but quit hard to answer your question, because we do not
know your approach. Are you going to do analysis with handcoded
rules or do you prefer an statistcal approach?
in reply to Perl and Linguistics
A good start for statistical language processing may be Dan Melamed's collection of
linguistic tools. An TPJ
Perl and Morphology may be of interest as well.
If you end up with really huge regular expressions it may be
the time to implement an automata in C or whatever, but Perl
is a great tool to produce linguistic prototypes.
If you want to do research with Hidden Markov Models,
try HTK for a non Perl