Displaying Phonological Diachronic Changes through a Database Application

  • Marta Manfioletti
  • Mattia Nicchio
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 249)


This paper presents a project which aims to provide a new digital instrument for linguistic research. This new tool will be able to show the historical evolution of a language into one or more daughter languages, and it will allow users to perform a comparative and typological analysis of diachronic processes. The originality of this project is given by two factors: first, its developers are linguists with notions in computer science, which prevents any communication issue between different teams of experts; second, the data feeding database, though derived from well known corpora, have been processed in a specialist way to display the evolution of words from a mother language to the daughter languages. The instrument will account for all the diachronic phonological rules which occur during the word change.


Digital Library Conceptual Schema Phonological Process Human Language Digital Tool 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Manfioletti
    • 1
  • Mattia Nicchio
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Linguistics and Performing ArtsUniversity of PaduaPaduaItaly

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