example sentences in a dictionary

Doug Cooper doug.cooper.thailand at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 20 04:28:56 UTC 2010

Include as much information as you can.  I regularly extract all
example sentences from dictionaries -- esp. for very low-resource
languages -- to build bitext and monolingual corpora, which are
extremely helpful for both learners and researchers.

    Marking morphology, in turn, provides ideal training data for
lemmatizers (e.g. CSTlemma), which in turn makes it easier to build
dictionary lookup tools and analyze corpora.   Using bracketing to
show the order of affixation, if ambiguous, is ((help)ful)er still.


On 10/20/2010 3:09 AM, Laura C Robinson wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am wondering about formatting example sentences in a dictionary.
> This dictionary is aimed at linguistic audiences (it will be bundled
> with the grammar, and it is written in English, which no Agta people
> speak yet).  In the grammar section, I used - for a morpheme boundary
> and = for a clitic boundary.  So, should the example sentences in the
> dictionary be broken down in the same way?  Or not at all?  Or some
> other way (although I would like to do something that isn't too
> inconsistent with the grammar section)?
> abad
> iabad v. tie something around waist
> Obus pag-man, ni-abad=na i arikawat=na
> OR
> Obus pagman, niabadna i arikawatna.
> 'After chewing betel, he tied his betel nut pack around his waist.'
> This sentence has a very typical amount of morphology.
> Thanks,
> Laura
> --
> Laura C. Robinson
> Postdoctoral Researcher
> Department of Linguistics
> University of Alaska, Fairbanks
> http://go.alaska.edu/lcrobinson

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