Improvements in Parsing the Index Thomisticus Treebank. Revision, Combination and a Feature Model for Medieval Latin

Marco Carlo Passarotti, Felice Dell'Orletta

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Abstract

The creation of language resources for less-resourced languages like the historical ones benefits from the exploitation of language-independent tools and methods developed over the years by many projects for modern languages. Along these lines, a number of treebanks for historical languages started recently to arise, including treebanks for Latin. Among the Latin treebanks, the Index Thomisticus Treebank is a 68,000 token dependency treebank based on the Index Thomisticus by Roberto Busa SJ, which contains the opera omnia of Thomas Aquinas (118 texts) as well as 61 texts by other authors related to Thomas, for a total of approximately 11 million tokens. In this paper, we describe a number of modifications that we applied to the dependency parser DeSR, in order to improve the parsing accuracy rates on the Index Thomisticus Treebank. First, we adapted the parser to the specific processing of Medieval Latin, defining an ad-hoc configuration of its features. Then, in order to improve the accuracy rates provided by DeSR, we applied a revision parsing method and we combined the outputs produced by different algorithms. This allowed us to improve accuracy rates substantially, reaching results that are well beyond the state of the art of parsing for Latin.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation
Pages1964-1971
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventSeventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010) - La Valletta - Malta
Duration: 19 May 201021 May 2010

Conference

ConferenceSeventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2010)
CityLa Valletta - Malta
Period19/5/1021/5/10

Keywords

  • latino
  • linguistica computazionale
  • parsing
  • sintassi

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