Publication

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

Thierry Declerck, Piroska Lendvai

In: Stefan Gradmann, Francesca Borri, Carlo Meghini, Heiko Schuldt (editor). Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries. International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL-2011) Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries September 26-28 Berlin Germany Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 6966 ISBN 978-3-642-24468-1 Springer 9/2011.

Abstract

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.

Projekte

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz