Linking Corpus Data to an Excerpt-based Historical Dictionary

Page979-987
AuthorTarrin Wills, Ellert ?ór Jóhannsson, Simonetta Battista
TitleLinking Corpus Data to an Excerpt-based Historical Dictionary
AbstractA Dictionary of Old Norse Prose (ONP) is a digital dictionary that derives originally from an excerpt-based index of around 750,000 citations. This paper describes recent attempts to create two-way links between the growing body of digital texts encoded using TEI XML and the dictionary’s word list, which forms the basis of the published dictionary. The process involves design challenges in bringing together very different digital structures, namely the text in an XML tree structure, and the dictionary in a relational database structure. Because of the very high levels of accuracy demanded by the end-users of the dictionary (particularly researchers in Old Norse studies), the linking process can only be automated for unambiguous cases, with remaining links entered manually. The application and interface that assists this process attempts to minimize the trade-off between automation and accuracy, and adds a range of tools to assist with the human lemmatizing process. We were able to achieve linking of lemmas in 90.4% of instances where the lemma was recorded in the TEI text, with very high levels of accuracy. Where no lemma was recorded, the application allowed an Old Norse scholar to link lemmas to previously unlemmatized words at an average rate of 4-7 seconds per word.
SessionSoftware Demonstrations
Keywordsonline dictionary, corpus material, historical lexicography, Old Norse
BibTex
@InProceedings{ELX2018-086,
author={Tarrin Wills, Ellert ?ór Jóhannsson, Simonetta Battista},
title={Linking Corpus Data to an Excerpt-based Historical Dictionary},
pages={979-987},
booktitle={Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress: Lexicography in Global Contexts},
year={2018},
month={jul},
date={17-21},
address={Ljubljana, Slovenia},
editor={Jaka Čibej, Vojko Gorjanc, Iztok Kosem, Simon Krek},
publisher={Ljubljana University Press, Faculty of Arts},
isbn={978-961-06-0097-8}, }
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