Parallel Corpora for WordNet Construction: Machine Translation vs. Automatic Sense Tagging

  • Antoni Oliver
  • Salvador Climent
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7182)


In this paper we present a methodology for WordNet construction based on the exploitation of parallel corpora with semantic annotation of the English source text. We are using this methodology for the enlargement of the Spanish and Catalan versions of WordNet 3.0, but the methodology can also be used for other languages. As big parallel corpora with semantic annotation are not usually available, we explore two strategies to overcome this problem: to use monolingual sense tagged corpora and machine translation, on the one hand; and to use parallel corpora and automatic sense tagging on the source text, on the other.

With these resources, the problem of acquiring a WordNet from parallel corpora can be seen as a word alignment task. Fortunately, this task is well known, and some aligning algorithms are freely available.


lexical resources wordnet parallel corpora machine translation automatic sense tagging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoni Oliver
    • 1
  • Salvador Climent
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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