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Supervised Word Sense Disambiguation for Venetan: A Proof-of-Concept Experiment
Costanza Conforti, Alexander Fraser

Last modified: 2017-05-08


Word Sense Disambiguation (WSD) is a classification task that consists of determining which of the senses of an ambiguous word is activated in a specific context. Research in this field has primarily concentrated on investigating English and a few other well-resourced languages. Recently, studies done on a corpus of Old English (Wunderlich 2015) showed that, even with limited resources, it is still possible to approach the problem of WSD. In this paper, a WSD system has been developed for the Low Resource Language (LRL) Venetan, which has recently received some attention from the Natural Language Processing (NLP) community. Our main contributions are twofold: first, we select and annotate a corpus for Venetan, considering two words (one abstract and one concrete term) and using two levels of annotation (fine- and coarse-grained), reporting on annotator agreement. Second, we report results of proof-of-concept experiments of supervised WSD performed with Support Vector Machines on this corpus. To our knowledge, our work is the first time that WSD for a European Dialect like Venetan has been studied.


Word Sense Disambiguation; Low Resource Languages; Venetan; European Dialects; Support Vector Machines

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