DFKI-LT - Linguistic and Semantic Representation of the Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk-Literature

Thierry Declerck, Piroska Lendvai
Linguistic and Semantic Representation of the Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk-Literature
in: Stefan Gradmann, Francesca Borri, Carlo Meghini, Heiko Schuldt (eds.):
1 Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries,
Lecture Notes in Computer Science number 6966, Berlin, Germany, Springer, 9/2011

 
We present on-going work on the linguistic and semantic processing of the labels of the Thompson's Motif-Index of Folk-Literature, which has been proposed by Stith Thompson for the classification of narrative elements in folk-literature. We automatically extracted the labels of an on-line version of the Index, and wrote specialised grammars for providing for a multi-layer linguistic annotation of them. We are currently working on enriching the linguistically annotated labels with semantic classes and relations, allowing for a better access to the content of the Index. With this resource, we expect to be able to semi-automatically annotate digitised literary works at the sub-document level by means of automatically comparing the annotated Index with the results of text processing tools applied to those works, and so contribute to a better inter-textual interlinking and understanding of related works in the folkliterature, offering a new way of semantically accessing digital libraries.
 
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