BIDS Fellow Christopher Hench published this paper in the workshop proceedings of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), held on July 30 - August 4, 2017, in Vacouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In the paper, Chris discusses the syllabification of low-resource languages and the quantification of phonological soundscapes in medieval German love poetry.
Abstract: The oral component of medieval poetry was integral to its performance and recep- tion. Yet many believe that the medieval voice has been forever lost, and any at- tempts at rediscovering it are doomed to failure due to scribal practices, manuscript mouvance, and linguistic normalization in editing practices. This paper offers a method to abstract from this noise and better understand relative differences in phonological soundscapes by considering syllable qualities. The presented syllabifi- cation method and soundscape analysis of- fer themselves as cross-disciplinary tools for low-resource languages. As a case study, we examine medieval German lyric and argue that the heavily debated lyri- cal ‘I’ follows a unique trajectory through soundscapes, shedding light on the perfor- mance and practice of these poets.