Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 42, Issue 3, pp 325–333

Disambiguation of partial cognates


DOI: 10.1007/s10579-008-9072-x

Cite this article as:
Frunza, O. & Inkpen, D. Lang Resources & Evaluation (2008) 42: 325. doi:10.1007/s10579-008-9072-x


Partial cognates are pairs of words in two languages that have the same meaning in some, but not all contexts. Detecting the actual meaning of a partial cognate in context can be useful for Machine Translation tools and for Computer-Assisted Language Learning tools. We propose a supervised and a semi-supervised method to disambiguate partial cognates between two languages: French and English. The methods use only automatically-labeled data; therefore they can be applied to other pairs of languages as well. The aim of our work is to automatically detect the meaning of a French partial cognate word in a specific context.


Partial cognates Word sense disambiguation Monolingual bootstrapping Bilingual bootstrapping 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information Technology and EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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