Manual Reference Pages - LINGUA::EN::SYLLABLE (3)
Lingua::EN::Syllable - Routine for estimating syllable count in words.
$count = syllable(supercalifragilisticexpialidocious); # 14
Lingua::EN::Syllable::syllable() estimates the number of syllables in
the word passed to it.
Note that it isnt entirely accurate... it fails (by one syllable) for
about 10-15% of my /usr/dict/words. The only way to get a 100% accurate
count is to do a dictionary lookup, so this is a small and fast alternative
where more-or-less accurate results will suffice, such as estimating the
reading level of a document.
I welcome pointers to more accurate algorithms, since this one is
pretty quick-and-dirty. This was designed for English (well, American
at least) words, but sometimes guesses well for other languages.
Accuracy for words with non-alpha characters is somewhat undefined.
In general, punctuation characters, et al, should be trimmed off before
handing the word to syllable(), and hyphenated compounds should be broken
into their separate parts.
Syllables for all-digit words (eg, 1998; some call them numbers) are
often counted as the number of digits. A cooler solution would be converting
1998 to nineteen eighty eight (or one thousand nine hundred eighty
eight, or...), but that is left as an exercise for the reader.
Contractions are not well supported.
Compound words (like lifeboat), where the first word ends in a silent e
are counted with an extra syllable.
Distributed under the same terms as Perl.
Contact the author with any questions.
Greg Fast (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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