Computational Lexicology and Lexicography

Course title Computational Lexicology and Lexicography
Course instructor Nives Mikelić Preradović
Course description Computational lexicology may be defined as the application of computers to the study of the lexicon. Taken in its broadest sense, it is a multidisciplinary field involving the analysis of man-made dictionaries using computers to study their machine-readable text as well as a study of the computational linguistic content and organization of lexicons for use by natural-language processing applications.  This course provides theoretical and practical information regarding current processes for building dictionaries and lexical databases used by natural-language processing applications. The topic is covered from the point of view of a computational lexicographer preparing dictionaries with the use of natural-language processing. Technical issues of dictionary building are also covered. In the project, students will explore dictionary entries in different computational lexicons that were built using the described tools, data and processes.
Course objectives ●   To understand the content and limitations of print dictionaries for computational purposes

●   To critically compare the design, structure and content of various kinds of monolingual and bilingual subcategorisation (valency) lexicons.

●   To explain the theoretical aspects and most important methods of building subcategorization lexicons

●   To construct the valency entry in a bilingual valency lexicon

●   To compare the design and content of various kinds of sentiment lexicons

●   To plan a small-scale lexicographic project and implement it by applying the techniques discussed in class

Topics covered
  • Introduction to Computational lexicology and lexicography
  • Electronic lexicography, computational and corpus lexicography
  • Morphological lexicons
  • Derivational and inflectional morphological lexicons of different European languages
  • Lexical relations and lexical databases
  • Wordnets for different EU languages
  • Subcategorization (valency) lexicons
  • Semantic lexicons
  • Sentiment lexicons
  • Formats, standards and automatic acquisition of computational lexicons
Level Intermediate
Modality Interactive presentations, video & screen recordings, exercises, knowledge quizzes, guided research tasks and assignments, directed readings
Time commitment 120 hrs