Paper: Dictionaries Dictionary Grammars And Dictionary Entry Parsing

ACL ID P89-1012
Title Dictionaries Dictionary Grammars And Dictionary Entry Parsing
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1989
Authors
  • Mary S. Neff (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY)
  • Branimir K. Boguraev (IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights NY; Cambridge University, Cambridge UK)

We identify two complementary p.ro.cesses in. the conversion of machine-readable dmUonanes into lexical databases: recovery of the dictionary structure from the typographical markings which persist on the dictionary distribution tapes and embody the publishers' notational conventions; followed by making explicit all of the codified and ellided information packed into individual entries. We discuss notational conventions and tape for- mats, outline structural properties of dictionaries, observe a range of representational phenomena particularly relevant to dictionary parsing, and derive a set of minimal requirements for a dic- tionary grammar formalism. We present a gen- eral purpose dictionary entry parser which uses a formal notation designed to describe the structure of entries and perfo...