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Corpus linguistics and South Asian languages : corpus creation and tool development.

Baker, Paul and Hardie, Andrew and McEnery, Tony and Xiao, Richard Z. and Bontcheva, Kalina and Cunningham, Hamish and Gaizauskas, Robert and Hamza, Oana and Maynard, Diana and Tablan, Valentin and Ursu, Cristian and Jayaram, B. D. and Leisher, Mark (2004) Corpus linguistics and South Asian languages : corpus creation and tool development. Literary and Linguistic Computing, 19 (4). pp. 509-524. ISSN 0268-1145

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Abstract

This paper describes the work carried out on the EMILLE Project (Enabling Minority Language Engineering), which was undertaken by the Universities of Lancaster and Sheffield. The primary resource developed by the project is the EMILLE Corpus, which consists of a series of monolingual corpora for fourteen South Asian languages, totalling more than 96 million words, and a parallel corpus of English and five of these languages. The EMILLE Corpus also includes an annotated component, namely, part-of-speech tagged Urdu data, together with twenty written Hindi corpus files annotated to show the nature of demonstrative use in Hindi. In addition, the project has had to address a number of issues related to establishing a language engineering (LE) environment for South Asian language processing, such as translating 8-bit language data into Unicode and producing a number of basic LE tools. The development of tools for EMILLE has contributed to the ongoing development of the LE architecture GATE, which has been extended to make use of Unicode. GATE thus plugs some of the gaps for language processing R&D necessary for the exploitation of the EMILLE corpora.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Literary and Linguistic Computing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
ID Code: 1069
Deposited By: Dr Andrew Hardie
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2008 13:51
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 20:18
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1069

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