Computer AIDS for comparative dictionaries

Mark Johnson*

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Much of the collating and indexing work associated with constructing a dictionary can be automated. This paper describes how we use a computer to ‘undo ‘ regular sound changes to produce a set of reconstructed forms which are then used to index entries in a comparative dictionary, resulting in a substantial time saving over manual compilation of the dictionary. Moreover, after completion of the dictionary a data base of lexical entries is available to aid further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-302
Number of pages18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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