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Formally, it is an interpreter of a language itself designed to define languages, where to interpret means executing a source program in real time and eventually outputting its result.
Here a source program is a grammar definition, the execution consists in the exploration of such grammar by selecting a random path and the result is the sentence built on the way.
Though PolyGen is quite a serious piece of software then, what else would be more noble for it than being used as a parody tool for linguistical habits, stereotypes and trends of this foolish era?
Principles of parody are focusing a ridiculous topic and eventually abstracting its rules and schemes (here in terms of a grammar definition) by which reproducing it through the variatio device. And randomization is perfect at this purpose thanks to its purely asemantic behaviour =:)
PolyGen - a first effort towards satyre in computer science ----------------------------------------------------------- Index ----- 1.0 Prelude 1.1 Package 1.1.1 Requirements 1.1.2 Supported platforms 1.1.3 Installation 1.2 Usage 1.2.1 Defining grammars 1.2.2 Suggestions 1.0 Prelude ----------- PolyGen is a program for generating random sentences according to a gra more»
README for the Polygen Debian package ===================================== Polygen is... ...the tool everybody was so anxiously expecting. - Daily Telegraph The solution to all occultism problems. - Harold Tribune ...the finest product ever designed for alpinism. - The Sun The ultimate solution to all problems. No way to miss it. - GirlPower Polygen is fun. It' more»
polygen (1.0.6.ds2-1) unstable; urgency=low In order to keep the polygen binary as close as possible to the one upstream distributes, the Debian-specific extension that would have polygen look for grammar candidates in /usr/share/polygen has been moved to a wrapper script called polyrun. As a consequence, for most polygen invocations you should now use polyrun instead of polygen. more»
POLYGEN(1) POLYGEN(1) NAME Polygen - Poly more»
polygen (1.0.6.ds2-12) unstable; urgency=low * Team upload * Recompile with ocaml 3.12.1 (no so more»
PolyGen - What's new? --------------------- * 28/6/2004 - official release 1.0.6 (formers wer more»
PolyGen was packaged for Debian by Enrico Zini <email@example.com> on Wed Sep 15 13:43:37 CEST 2004 more»