In the 1960s Gabriel Altmann proposed a method how to quantify the degree of euphony in a poetic text. This procedure was applied with minor modifications o the texts included in the Corpus of Czech Verse. The result is a list of authors arranged according to the average euphonic coefficient of their poems (list).
The application Euphonometer can calculate the euphonic coefficient of any Czech text.
- In the upper left window, type or paste a text and press start. (Entering short texts may not lead to meaningful results.)
- The upper right window displays the euphonically relevant sounds and their euphonic coefficient in individual lines.
- The lower window displays the total euphonic coefficient of the pasted text and the author whose average euphonic coefficient is closest to the euphonic coefficient of the pasted text.
- The data in the graph then show how many poems in the Czech electronic library achieve a similar euphonic coefficient as the pasted text.