The annotation of verbal aspect in diachrony: parameters, algorithms and problems

Анотиране на глаголния вид в диахрония: параметри, алго- ритми и проблеми

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  • Subject(s): Digital humanities //
  • Published by: Institute for Literature BAS
  • Print ISSN: 1312-238X
  • Summary/Abstract:

    Digital annotation of verbal aspect in Old Russian and Church Slavonic texts is a challenging and quite complicated task that requires a complex approach. While studying Slavic aspect systems synchronically, we always know whether the verb is perfective, imperfective or biaspectual, however, this is often not the case for the research of aspect in a diachronic perspective. The determination of the aspectual status of a particular verb for earlier stages is possible only after considering together different parameters such as: actionality, lexical semantic, morphology, functional distribution, syntactic restrictions, collocations, statistics etc. All essential parameters should be annotated sufficiently for an effective use of a corpora. That would enable a researcher to collect quickly the information necessary to build aspectual profile of a verb. It is also important to understand the hierarchy of the parameters, as they might have different degrees of importance, and for this purpose a special algorithm should be developed. The preliminary results, related to the parameters of annotation and the algorithm for aspect determination (using ‘Morphy’, the System for digital morphological annotation of Old Russian and Church Slavonic manuscripts, developed in Vinogradov Russian Language Institute RAS), are discussed in the paper.

  • Page Range: 123-138
    No. of Pages: 16
    Language: English
    Year: 2021
    Issue No:: Scripta & e-Scripta vol. 21, 2021

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  • Ekaterina Mishina

    Russian Language Institute RAS, Moscow

    Ekaterina A. Mishina is a Senior Researcher at Vinogradov Russian Language Institute RAS, Moscow. Her main research interests are focused on Old Russian grammar, in particular the functioning of verbal aspect and tense. Another field of interest is digital grammatical annotation and search for Old Russian and Church Slavonic manuscripts. For the last 20 years she has been one of the developers of ‘Morphy’ (an off-line system for digital morphological annotation of Old Russian and Church Slavonic manuscripts). Texts annotated with its help are now available now for search in the Russian National Corpus.

  • SUBJECT: Digital humanities //