Abstract

Word Manager (WM) is a system for the specification and use of morphological knowledge. It is based on a problem analysis that departs from the usual distinction between a rule component and a lexicon. Instead, it integrates rules and lexical knowledge for morphology in an expert workbench from which components for the performance of certain operational tasks (e.g. analysis or lemmatization). The WM formalism and specification environment have been developed in such a way that the support for individual tasks is optimized. The rule formalism incorporates separate rule types for inflection, word formation, and spelling (i.e. where morphology is not purely concatenative) in the WM core. Phrase Manager includes rules for clitics, periphrastic inflection, and multi-word units. These rules make it possible to encode also German separable verbs adequately. Lexicographic specification is distinct from rule specification and exploits the rules to increase speed and consistency. WM components have been used in various environments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pius ten Hacken
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  1. 1.Department of Modern LanguagesSwansea UniversitySwanseaUK

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