Lexical Acquisition: Exploiting On-Line Resources to Build a Lexicon


On-line information -- and free text in particular -- has emerged as a major, yet unexploited, resource available in raw form. Available, but not accessible. The lexicon provides the major key for enabling accessibility to on-line text.

The expert contributors to this book explore the range of possibilities for the generation of extensive lexicons. In so doing, they investigate the use of existing on-line dictionaries and thesauri, and explain how lexicons can be acquired from the corpus -- the text under investigation -- itself. Leading researchers in four related fields offer the latest investigations: computational linguists cover the natural language processing aspect; statisticians point out the issues involved in the use of massive data; experts discuss the limitations of current technology; and lexicographers share their experience in the design of the traditional dictionaries.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Paul S. Jacobs
  • Robert Krovetz
  • Brian M. Slator
  • Kenneth Church
  • William Gale
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Hillsdale, NJ
Publication year:
  • 1991


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