Counting Syllables

Rick Harrison harrison at
Sun Mar 20 14:51:14 EDT 2022

Hi Richmond,

Yes, English. Sorry I forgot to be specific, I thought it was implied.

Yes, I have been counting vowels, but there appear to be a lot of exceptions,
so there must be a lot more rules.

I need to know what all the rules are to make it work if possible.

There are websites out there on the internet that will count
syllables in whatever text given to them so it must be possible.
How are they doing it?  Is it an algorithm ,or are they comparing
the words to a database table that has all the dictionary information?



> On Mar 20, 2022, at 2:29 PM, Richmond via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> Well, syllables are language dependent, so let's suppose for the moment that
> you are ONLY working with English, the, presumably, you can set up vowels
> as item-delimiters: although you might get a bit mixed up with words sucj
> as 'beautiful' which, while having 5 vowels only has 3 syllables.
> Basically you have to work out how to detect V+C and open vowels at the
> end of words.

More information about the use-livecode mailing list