• Developing an annotation framework for word formation processes in comparative linguistics

    Author(s):
    Johann-Mattis List, Nathanael Erik Schweikhard (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Computational linguistics, Data curation, Etymology, Historical linguistics, Morphology
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    language comparison, cognacy, word formation, computer-assisted approaches
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/73w9-x654
    Abstract:
    Word formation plays a central role in human language. Yet computational approaches to historical linguistics often pay little attention to it. This means that the detailed findings of classical historical linguistics are often only used in qualitative studies, yet not in quantitative studies. Based on human- and machine-readable formats suggested by the CLDF-initiative, we propose a framework for the annotation of cross-linguistic etymological relations that allows for the differentiation between etymologies that involve only regular sound change and those that involve linear and non-linear processes of word formation. This paper introduces this approach by means of sample datasets and a small Python library to facilitate annotation.
    Notes:
    Author's preprint, to be published as: Schweikhard, N. and J.-M. List (2020): Handling word formation in comparative linguistics. SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics 17.1. 2-26.
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