New spelling, new root?
April 13, 2012 4:42 PM Subscribe
I'd like to check if changed spellings are changed words.
posted by meinvt to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For a commercial oproject I have in mind, I want to be able to compare to words and see if the spellings are versions of the same word or not. For example age can become ages and aged and it is the same root, but garbage is a new word. Conventional dictionaries show this by listing prefixes and suffixes for words, but online dictionaries I've found are all just exhaustive lists of spellings. Are there dictionaries that exist electronically structured as root plus legal suffixes and prefixes? As noted, for commercial use, but we may be able to pay licensing.