A computational approach to Zulu verb morphology within the context of lexical semantics

  • Sonja E. Bosch
  • Laurette Pretorius
Keywords: Zulu Verb Morphology, Verb Extensions, Lexical Semantics, Computational Morphological Analysis, Zulmorph, Zulu Lexical Knowl-Edge Base, Bitext

Abstract

The central research question that is addressed in this article is: How can ZulMorph, a finite state morphological analyser for Zulu, be employed to add value to Zulu lexical semantics with specific reference to Zulu verbs? The verb is the most complex word category in Zulu. Due to the agglutinative nature of Zulu morphology, limited information can be computationally extracted from running Zulu text without the support of  sufficiently reliable computational mor-phological analysis by means of which the  essential meanings of, amongst others, verbs can be exposed. In this article we describe a corpus-based approach to adding the English meaning to Zulu extended verb roots, thereby enhancing ZulMorph as a lexical knowledge base.

Keywords: Zulu Verb Morphology, Verb Extensions, Lexical Semantics, Computational Morphological Analysis, Zulmorph, Zulu Lexical Knowl-Edge Base, Bitext

 

Published
2017-11-13
Section
Articles

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