Paper: Computational Lexicography: A Feature-based Approach in Designing an E-dictionary of Chinese Classifiers

ACL ID W10-3409
Title Computational Lexicography: A Feature-based Approach in Designing an E-dictionary of Chinese Classifiers
Venue Workshop on Cognitive Aspects of the Lexicon
Session
Year 2010
Authors

Chinese noun classifiers are obligatory as a category in association with nouns. Conventional dictionaries include classifiers as lexical entries but explanations given are very brief and thus hardly helpful for L2 learners. This paper presents a new design of an e- dictionary of Chinese classifiers. The design is based on both theoretical studies of Chinese classifiers and empirical studies of Chinese classifier acquisition by both children and adults. My main argument with regards to Chinese classifier acquisition is that cognitive strategies with a bottom-up approach are the key to the understanding of the complexity of classifier and noun associations. The noun-dependent semantic features of classifiers are evidence to support my argument. These features are categor...