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LINGUIST List 23.4295

Sun Oct 14 2012

Software: Computational Linguistics, Lexicography, Semantics, Text/Corpus Linguistics: SALTO Semantic Annotation Tool

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Oct-2012
From: Caroline Sporleder <salsa-mitcoli.uni-sb.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Lexicography, Semantics, Text/Corpus Linguistics: SALTO Semantic Annotation Tool
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Dear all,

We are happy to announce the release of the SALTO source code. SALTO is a graphical tool that supports manual annotation of text corpora with (frame) semantic argument structures. The tool was developed and used by the SALSA project
at Saarland University under the direction of Manfred Pinkal.

SALTO can be used to add a second (typically semantic) layer of
annotation to corpora that are already syntactically analyzed (through manual annotation or automatically). Main features are:

* Query-based creation of subcorpora for annotation.
* Distribution of corpora to different annotators.
* Definition of Items and Classes/Tags to be annotated.
* Comfortable annotation with visual editor and mouse-menues.
* Semi-automatic merging and adjudication of parallel annotations in same editor.

The SALTO binaries have been available for several years and have been downloaded over 500 times. Now we also release the Java source code under GNU General Public License, thus enabling users to customise SALTO to their own annotation requirements.

The SALTO source code and binaries can be obtained from:

The SALTO documentation and license conditions can be found here:

An overview of SALTO is provided in the following publication:

A. Burchardt, K. Erk, A. Frank, A. Kowalski and S. Pado. SALTO -- A Versatile Multi-Level Annotation Tool. In Proceedings of LREC-2006, Genoa, Italy, 2006.

Note: If you just want to use SALTO, please download the
binaries. Only download the source code if you want to modify SALTO and know how to do this. Unfortunately, we cannot provide technical support.

If you have any questions, feel free to send an email to


Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

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