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LINGUIST List 20.1195

Tue Mar 31 2009

Introducing: A New LINGUIST Project - LEGO

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        1.     linguist, LEGO: Lexicon Enhancement Through the GOLD Ontology

Message 1: LEGO: Lexicon Enhancement Through the GOLD Ontology
Date: 31-Mar-2009
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: LEGO: Lexicon Enhancement Through the GOLD Ontology
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Dear Subscribers,

We'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our
newest research projects, called LEGO (Lexicon Enhancement
through the GOLD Ontology). This project is taking a number of
lexicons, which are being provided by their creators, and digitizing
them. After being put online, they will be tagged with terms from
GOLD, the General Ontology for Linguistic Description. Because the
data will be linked to GOLD, the lexicons will be interoperable, so
users will be able to construct linguistically interesting queries,
and because the lexicons which have been generously made available
to us come from 16 different projects and cover over 300 languages,
this will be a significant resource for typologists, semanticists,
lexicographers, translators and other researchers.

Currently, we are working on evaluating all the different types
and formats of lexicons we have to work with, and figuring out
an XML framework which will, beyond simply accommodating all of
this data, make the most of the wealth of information which the
lexicons contain. We will then be designing a search interface
and working with our collaborators to digitize their lexicons.
In the future, the process we establish for digitizing these
lexicons will be available to be applied to other lexicons as
well, so that the network of information can continue to grow.

We look forward to bringing you more news about this project
as it progresses.

To make this and other projects a reality, we need your support.
Please donate now at:


Susan Smith & Hunter Lockwood
Team Leaders, LEGO Project

This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $60,000. This money will go to help 
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