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Nordic and Baltic wordnets aligned and compared through “WordTies”

Conference paper
Authors Bolette Pedersen
Lars Borin
Markus Forsberg
Neeme Kahusk
Krister Lindén
Jyrki Niemi
Niklas Nisbeth
Lars Nygaard
Heili Orav
Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson
Mitchel Seaton
Kadri Vider
Kaarlo Voionmaa
Published in Proceedings of the 19th Nordic Conference of Computational Linguistics (NODALIDA 2013), May 22–24, 2013, Oslo University, Norway. NEALT Proceedings Series 16
Issue 16
Pages 147-162
ISSN 1650-3686
Publication year 2013
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 147-162
Language en
Keywords Wordnets, multilingual links, wordnet web interface, Nordic and Baltic languages, META-NORD
Subject categories Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)


During the last few years, extensive wordnets have been built locally for the Nordic and Baltic languages applying very different compilation strategies. The aim of the present investigation is to consolidate and examine these wordnets through an alignment via Princeton Core WordNet and thereby compare them along the measures of taxonomical structure, synonym structure, and assigned relations to approximate to a best practice. A common web interface and visualizer “WordTies” is developed to facilitate this purpose. Four bilingual wordnets are automatically processed and evaluated exposing interesting differences between the wordnets. Even if the alignments are judged to be of a good quality, the precision of the translations vary due to considerable differences in hyponymy depth and interpretation of the synset. All seven monolingual and four bilingual wordnets as well as WordTies have been made available via META-SHARE through the META-NORD project.

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