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LINGUIST List 22.1194

Fri Mar 11 2011

Qs: Synonym Tests in Many Languages

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        1.     Jussi Karlgren , Synonym Tests in Many Languages

Message 1: Synonym Tests in Many Languages
Date: 07-Mar-2011
From: Jussi Karlgren <jussisics.se>
Subject: Synonym Tests in Many Languages
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We would like to evaluate a vocabulary learning mechanism using
synonym (or antonym) tests for several languages - tests such as the
TOEFL vocabulary section, e.g.

To evaluate the generality and coverage of a semantic word space
model, my colleagues and myself have developed in number of
research projects and now are in the process of moving to further
languages and to potential industrial use. We would like to test it on
multiple-choice synonym tests such as those typically found as sections
in admission tests to higher education (or e.g. in TOEFL and similar L2
tests).

An ideal test would have a number of questions which consist of a
target word and a number of alternatives from which one is to be
selected as the best synonym for the target word - and we would of
course prefer to have the correct answers, for languages we are not
familiar with ourselves :-).

We have such tests for English and Swedish but find it is somewhat
difficult to locate publicly available tests for other languages - and we
would for methodological reasons prefer not to build tests ourselves
from lexical resources. Is there an accessible collection of synonym
tests somewhere?

If you have such a test for some language, we would be very happy to
test our system's performance on it!

Jussi Karlgren
Gavagai / SICS
Stockholm

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
                            Lexicography
                            Semantics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

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