17.1984, Software: First Release: Shallow Semantic Parser

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Subject: 17.1984, Software: First Release: Shallow Semantic Parser

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Date: 07-Jul-2006
From: Katrin Erk < erk at coli.uni-sb.de >
Subject: First Release: Shallow Semantic Parser 

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Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2006 09:58:12
From: Katrin Erk < erk at coli.uni-sb.de >
Subject: First Release: Shallow Semantic Parser 

Dear all,

This is to announce the first release of Shalmaneser (a SHALlow seMANtic
parSER), a system for automatic sense assignment and semantic role labeling.
Shalmaneser comes with pre-trained FrameNet classifiers for English and German.

You can download Shalmaneser from:


Shalmaneser has been developed with two uses in mind: research in applications
that use semantic parses, and research on better semantic parsing. So
Shalmaneser can be used either as a 'black box' to obtain semantic parses for
free text, or as a research platform that can be extended to new parsers,
languages, or classification paradigms.

Some features of the system:

- Shallow semantic parser: word sense disambiguation for predicates, plus
semantic role labeling
- Input: plain text. Syntactic processing integrated
- Classifiers available: trained on FrameNet data for English and German
(System also applicable to other frameworks)
- System output can be viewed graphically in the SALTO viewer:
- System realized as a toolchain of independent modules communicating
through a common XML format -- hence extensible by further modules
- Interfaces for addition/exchange of parsers, learners, features

More information: 

K. Erk and S. Pado: Shalmaneser - a flexible toolbox for semantic role
assignment. Proceedings of LREC-06, Genoa.

Please check it out, and let us know if you have any questions, comments, or

Katrin and Sebastian

Katrin Erk, Sebastian Pado
http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/~{erk, pado}
SALSA Project
Computational Linguistics
Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     German, Standard (deu)

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