It was about one and a half years ago that I finally I arrived where I had always wanted to be and do what I had always wanted-- teach students, support small language communities and conduct research on African languages on my doorstep. The University of Cape Town and my new colleagues welcomed my efforts to establish the Centre for African Language Diversity-- CALDi as well as The African Language Archive-- TALA and I was recently appointed the Mellon Research Chair: African Language Diversity this initiative. The main aim of CALDi is to train young African scholars in descriptive linguistics and open up space for research into African languages at UCT with the hopes of countering the dominance of African linguistics outside the continent. It has been a great challenge for which my whole career has been a form of preparation...Read more
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A topological embedding of the lexicon for semantic distance computation
We show how a quantitative context may be established for what is essentially qualitative in nature by topologically embedding a lexicon (here, WordNet) in a complete metric space. This novel transformation establishes a natural connection between the order relation in the lexicon (e.g., hyponymy) and the notion of distance in the metric space, giving rise to effective word-level and document-level lexical semantic distance measures. We provide a formal account of the topological transformation and demonstrate the value of our metrics on several experiments involving information retrieval and document clustering tasks.