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Towards equivalence links between senses in plWordNet and Princeton WordNet

Ewa Rudnicka / Francis Bond / Łukasz Grabowski / Maciej Piasecki / Tadeusz Piotrowski
Published Online: 2017-09-02 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2017-0002


The paper focuses on the issue of creating equivalence links in the domain of bilingual computational lexicography. The existing interlingual links between plWordNet and Princeton WordNet synsets (sets of synonymous lexical units – lemma and sense pairs) are re-analysed from the perspective of equivalence types as defined in traditional lexicography and translation. Special attention is paid to cognitive and translational equivalents. A proposal of mapping lexical units is presented. Three types of links are defined: super-strong equivalence, strong equivalence and weak implied equivalence. The strong equivalences have a common set of formal, semantic and usage features, with some of their values slightly loosened for strong equivalence. These will be introduced manually by trained lexicographers. The sense-mapping will partly draw on the results of the existing synset mapping. The lexicographers will analyse lists of pairs of synsets linked by interlingual relations such as synonymy, partial synonymy, hyponymy and hypernymy. They will also consult bilingual dictionaries and check translation probabilities in a parallel corpus. The results of the proposed mapping have great application potential in the area of natural language processing, translation and language learning.

Keywords: equivalence; wordnets; interlingual mapping; synset; lexical unit; sense-level


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About the article

Ewa Rudnicka

Ewa Rudnicka is a Research Associate at the Department of Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. Her research interests include computational bilingual lexicography, comparative linguistics, formal semantics, translation studies. She is the coordinator of the process of mapping plWordNet onto Princeton WordNet. She is a member of G4.19. Language Technology and Computational Linguistic Research Group.

Francis Bond

Francis Bond is an Associate Professor at the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He worked on machine translation and natural language understanding in Japan, first at Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation and then at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, where his focus was on open source natural language processing. He is an active member of the Deep Linguistic Processing with HPSG Initiative (DELPHIN) and the Global WordNet Association. His main research interest is in natural language understanding. Francis has developed and released wordnets for Chinese, Japanese, Malay and Indonesian and coordinates the Open Multilingual Wordnet.

Łukasz Grabowski

Łukasz Grabowski is an Associate Professor at the Institute of English, University of Opole, Poland. His research interests include corpus linguistics, phraseology, formulaic language, translation studies and lexicography. He is also interested in computer-assisted methods of text analysis. He has published internationally in International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and English for Specific Purposes, among others. He is also Managing Editor of the journal Explorations: A Journal of Language and Literature.

Maciej Piasecki

Maciej Piasecki is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Management, Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland. He is a Polish National Coordinator of CLARIN ERIC (www.clarin.eu) and a member of Global WordNet Association Board. He has been an initiator and is the leader of plWordNet project (a large wordnet of Polish) and is the leader of G 4.19. Language Technology and Computational Linguistic Research Group. His research interests cover different areas of natural language processing and engineering, computational lexicography, data extraction and information retrieval.

Tadeusz Piotrowski

Tadeusz Piotrowski is a Professor at the English Department, University of Wrocław, Poland. His research interests include theory, practice, and history of monolingual and bilingual lexicography and dictionaries, corpus linguistics, translation studies, participated in most major bilingual dictionary projects in Poland, working with such companies as PWN, OUP, Pons-Klett, Langenscheidt, Prószyński, Wiedza Powszechna, Kościuszko Foundation, and wrote a number of dictionaries for Spotkania. He is also interested in computational lexicography and computer-assisted text analysis. He published three books and about 200 papers.

Ewa Rudnicka Department of Computer Science and Management Wybrzeże Wyspiańskiego 27 50-370 Wrocław, Poland

Published Online: 2017-09-02

Published in Print: 2017-08-28

Citation Information: Lodz Papers in Pragmatics, Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 3–24, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lpp-2017-0002.

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