Kremena Ivanova


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Evaluating a German Sketch Grammar: A Case Study on Noun Phrase Case
Kremena Ivanova | Ulrich Heid | Sabine Schulte im Walde | Adam Kilgarriff | Jan Pomikálek
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC'08)

Word sketches are part of the Sketch Engine corpus query system. They represent automatic, corpus-derived summaries of the words’ grammatical and collocational behaviour. Besides the corpus itself, word sketches require a sketch grammar, a regular expression-based shallow grammar over the part-of-speech tags, to extract evidence for the properties of the targeted words from the corpus. The paper presents a sketch grammar for German, a language which is not strictly configurational and which shows a considerable amount of case syncretism, and evaluates its accuracy, which has not been done for other sketch grammars. The evaluation focuses on NP case as a crucial part of the German grammar. We present various versions of NP definitions, so demonstrating the influence of grammar detail on precision and recall.