Richard Sproat

List of John Benjamins publications for which Richard Sproat plays a role.

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Based on a new reconstruction of Proto-Basque, and regular sound correspondences between this Proto-Basque and Proto-Indo-European as standardly reconstructed, Blevins (2018) argues that Proto-Basque and Proto-Indo-European have a common ancestor that pre-dates the two proto-languages. Part of this… read more | Article
This paper reports on a computational simulation of the evolution of early writing systems from pre-linguistic symbol systems, something for which there is poor evidence in the archaeological record. The simulation starts with a completely concept-based set of symbols, and then spreads those… read more | Article
Unger (2011) observes that Chinese characters do not observe a Zipfian distribution, and he uses this fact as evidence that Chinese characters do not represent words. He then goes on to suggest that they do not represent morphemes either. In this note I argue that Unger’s observation is neither… read more | Article
Wali, Aamir, Richard Sproat, Prakash Padakannaya and Bhuvaneshwari B. 2009 Model for phonemic awareness in readers of Indian scriptWriting Systems and Linguistic Structure, Lee, Sang-Oak (ed.), pp. 161–169
Previous studies have shown that segmental awareness tasks are usually influenced by the script. In this paper, we extend these studies further to propose a more concrete, script-centric metric for evaluating phonemic awareness in readers of Indian scripts. We propose that the ease or difficulty… read more | Article
Sproat, Richard 2006 Brahmi-derived scripts, script layout, and segmental awarenessScript Adjustment and Phonological Awareness, Neef, Martin and Guido Nottbusch (eds.), pp. 45–66
In earlier work (Sproat 2000), I characterized the layout of symbols in a script in terms of a calculus involving two dimensional catenation operators: I claimed that leftwards, rightwards, upwards, downwards and surrounding catenation are sufficient to describe the layout of any script. In the… read more | Article