Language Resources and Evaluation

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 41–55

Lexical systems: graph models of natural language lexicons


DOI: 10.1007/s10579-008-9078-4

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Polguère, A. Lang Resources & Evaluation (2009) 43: 41. doi:10.1007/s10579-008-9078-4


We introduce a new type of lexical structure called lexical system, an interoperable model that can feed both monolingual and multilingual language resources. We begin with a formal characterization of lexical systems as simple directed graphs, solely made up of nodes corresponding to lexical entities and links. To illustrate our approach, we present data borrowed from a lexical system that has been generated from the French DiCo database. We later explain how the compilation of the original dictionary-like database into a net-like one has been made possible. Finally, we discuss the potential of the proposed lexical structure for designing multilingual lexical resources.


Lexical database Graph model Explanatory combinatorial lexicology Lexical function 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.OLST—Département de linguistique et de traductionUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

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