A Major Wordnet for a Minority Language: Scottish Gaelic

Gabor Bella, Fiona Mcneill, Rody Gorman, Caoimhín Ó Donnaíle, Kirsty MacDonald, Yamini Chandrashekar, Abed Alhakim Freihat, Fausto Giunchiglia

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Abstract

We present a new wordnet resource for Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic minority language spoken by about 60,000 speakers, most of whom live in Northwestern Scotland. The wordnet contains over 15 thousand word senses and was constructed by merging ten thousand new, high-quality translations, provided and validated by language experts, with an existing wordnet derived from Wiktionary. This new, considerably extended wordnet—currently among the 30 largest in the world—targets multiple communities: language speakers and learners; linguists; computer scientists solving problems related to natural language processing. By publishing it as a freely downloadable resource, we hope to contribute to the long-term preservation of Scottish Gaelic as a living language, both offline and on the Web.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020)
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages2812-2818
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)979-10-95546-34-4
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2020
Event12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference - Le Palais du Pharo, Marseille, France
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020
Conference number: 12
https://lrec2020.lrec-conf.org/en/

Conference

Conference12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Abbreviated titleLREC 2020
CountryFrance
CityMarseille
Period11/05/2016/05/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • wordnet
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • under-resourced languages
  • minority language
  • lexical semantics
  • translation
  • lexical gap
  • language diversity

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