Paper: Multilingual Conceptual Access to Lexicon based on Shared Orthography: An ontology-driven study of Chinese and Japanese

ACL ID W08-1907
Title Multilingual Conceptual Access to Lexicon based on Shared Orthography: An ontology-driven study of Chinese and Japanese
Venue Coling 2008: Proceedings of the workshop on Knowledge and Reasoning for Answering Questions
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Year 2008
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In this paper we propose a model for conceptual access to multilingual lexicon based on shared orthography. Our propo- sal relies crucially on two facts: That both Chinese and Japanese conventionally use Chinese orthography in their respective writing systems, and that the Chinese orthography is anchored on a system of radical parts which encodes basic concepts. Each orthographic unit, called hanzi and kanji respectively, contains a radical which indicates the broad se- mantic class of the meaning of that unit. Our study utilizes the homomorphism between the Chinese hanzi and Japanese kanji systems to ide 1 ntify bilingual word correspondences. We use bilingual dictio- naries, including WordNet, to verify semantic relation between the cross- lingual pairs. These bilingual p...