A major wordnet for a minority language: Scottish gaelic

Gábor Bella, Fiona McNeill, Rody Gorman, Caoimhín Donnaíle, Kirsty MacDonald, Yamini Chandrashekar, Abed Alhakim Freihat, Fausto Giunchiglia

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We present a new wordnet resource for Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic minority language spoken by about 60,000 speakers, most of whom live in Northwestern Scotland. The wordnet contains over 15 thousand word senses and was constructed by merging ten thousand new, high-quality translations, provided and validated by language experts, with an existing wordnet derived from Wiktionary. This new, considerably extended wordnet-currently among the 30 largest in the world-targets multiple communities: language speakers and learners; linguists; computer scientists solving problems related to natural language processing. By publishing it as a freely down-loadable resource, we hope to contribute to the long-term preservation of Scottish Gaelic as a living language, both offline and on the Web.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9791095546344
Publication statusPublished - May 2020
Event12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation 2020 - Marseille, France
Duration: 11 May 202016 May 2020


Conference12th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation 2020
Abbreviated titleLREC 2020
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  • Language diversity
  • Lexical gap
  • Lexical semantics
  • Minority language
  • Scottish Gaelic
  • Translation
  • Under-resourced language
  • Wordnet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Linguistics and Language


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