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Towards an integrated E-Dictionary application – The case of an English to Zulu dictionary of possessives

  • This paper describes a first version of an integrated e-dictionary translating possessive constructions from English to Zulu. Zulu possessive constructions are difficult to learn for non-mother tongue speakers. When translating from English into Zulu, a speaker needs to be acquainted with the nominal classification of nouns indicating possession and possessor. Furthermore, (s)he needs to be informed about the morpho-syntactic rules associated with certain combinations of noun classes. Lastly, knowledge of morpho-phonetic changes is also required, because these influence the orthography of the output word forms. Our approach is a novel one in that we combine e-lexicography and natural language processing by developing a (web) interface supporting learners, as well as other users of the dictionary to produce Zulu possessive constructions. The final dictionary that we intend to develop will contain several thousand nouns which users can combine as they wish. It will also translate single words and frequently used multiword expressions, and allow users to test their own translations. On request, information about the morpho-syntactic and morpho-phonetic rules applied by the system are displayed together with the translation. Our approach follows the function theory: the dictionary supports users in text production, at the same time fulfilling a cognitive function.

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Author:Gertrud FaaßORCiD, Sonja Bosch
Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the XVI EURALEX International Congress: The User in Focus. 15-19 July 2014, Bolzano/Bozen
Publisher:EURAC Research
Place of publication:Bozen
Editor:Andrea Abel, Chiara Vettori, Natascia Ralli
Document Type:Conference Proceeding
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2023/04/20
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Tag:Zulu; extralexicographic features; integrated e-dictionary; learner's dictionary; less-resourced languages; possessives
GND Keyword:Elektronisches Wörterbuch; Implementation; Morphosyntax; Possessivpronomen; Zulu-Sprache; Übersetzung
First Page:739
Last Page:747
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported