|... extending to more general linguistic modelling,
ideally from a non-language-specific basis that can be
adapted to different languages.
That's ambitious... but worth pursuing. The first thing
that comes to my mind is (Hidden) Markov modelling, which
has been demonstrated to do a decent job of drawing
plausible "morphological" boundaries in a stream of
text data in any given language. It appears that there
are Markov modules on CPAN, but whether these are suitable
to the task of language analysis is more than I know at
I do know that Perl is quite useful for handling a
lot of "infrastructure" work relating to the management and
handling of language data; e.g. developing and searching
a lexicon, locating and displaying/highlighting tokens in a
text stream, mapping across character encodings, etc. Of course, a lot of useful tools have
already been developed (some in Perl, some in C(++)) -- check
the archives at (and/or join) the CORPORA mailing list:
I'm sorry I can't give you any more detailed pointers or
advice, but I hope this helps a little.
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