From D-Coi to SoNaR: A reference corpus for Dutch


Oostdijk, N. and Reynaert, M. and Monachesi, P. and Noord, G. van and Ordelman, R.J.F. and Schuurman, I. and Vandeghinste, V. (2008) From D-Coi to SoNaR: A reference corpus for Dutch. In: Proceedings on the sixth international conference on language resources and evaluation (LREC 2008), 28-30 May 2008, Marrakech, Marocco (pp. pp. 1437-1444).

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Abstract:The computational linguistics community in The Netherlands and Belgium has long recognized the dire need for a major reference corpus of written Dutch. In part to answer this need, the STEVIN programme was established. To pave the way for the effective building of a 500-million-word reference corpus of written Dutch, a pilot project was established. The Dutch Corpus Initiative project or D-Coi was highly successful in that it not only realized about 10% of the projected large reference corpus, but also established the best practices and developed all the protocols and the necessary tools for building the larger corpus within the confines of a necessarily limited budget. We outline the steps involved in an endeavour of this kind, including the major highlights and possible pitfalls. Once converted to a suitable XML format, further linguistic annotation based on the state-of-the-art tools developed either before or during the pilot by the consortium partners proved easily and fruitfully applicable. Linguistic enrichment of the corpus includes PoS tagging, syntactic parsing and semantic annotation, involving both semantic role labeling and spatiotemporal annotation. D-Coi is expected to be followed by SoNaR, during which the 500-million-word reference corpus of Dutch should be built.
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