Toward the creation of WordNets for ancient Indo-European languages

Erica Biagetti, Chiara Zanchi, William Michael Short


Abstract
This paper presents the work in progress toward the creation of a family of WordNets for Sanskrit, Ancient Greek, and Latin. Building on previous attempts in the field, we elaborate these efforts bridging together WordNet relational semantics with theories of meaning from Cognitive Linguistics. We discuss some of the innovations we have introduced to the WordNet architecture, to better capture the polysemy of words, as well as Indo-European language family-specific features. We conclude the paper framing our work within the larger picture of resources available for ancient languages and showing that WordNet-backed search tools have the potential to re-define the kinds of questions that can be asked of ancient language corpora.
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2021.gwc-1.30
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Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference
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January
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2021
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University of South Africa (UNISA)
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EACL | GWC
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Global Wordnet Association
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258–266
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https://aclanthology.org/2021.gwc-1.30
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Erica Biagetti, Chiara Zanchi, and William Michael Short. 2021. Toward the creation of WordNets for ancient Indo-European languages. In Proceedings of the 11th Global Wordnet Conference, pages 258–266, University of South Africa (UNISA). Global Wordnet Association.
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Toward the creation of WordNets for ancient Indo-European languages (Biagetti et al., GWC 2021)
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