Morphological annotation of quranic Arabic

Kais Dukes, Nizar Habash

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Abstract

The Quranic Arabic Corpus (http://corpus.quran.com) is an annotated linguistic resource with multiple layers of annotation including morphological segmentation, part-of-speech tagging, and syntactic analysis using dependency grammar. The motivation behind this work is to produce a resource that enables further analysis of the Quran, the 1,400 year old central religious text of Islam. This paper describes a new approach to morphological annotation of Quranic Arabic, a genre difficult to compare with other forms of Arabic. Processing Quranic Arabic is a unique challenge from a computational point of view, since the vocabulary and spelling differ from Modern Standard Arabic. The Quranic Arabic Corpus differs from other Arabic computational resources in adopting a tagset that closely follows traditional Arabic grammar. We made this decision in order to leverage a large body of existing historical grammatical analysis, and to encourage online collaborative annotation. In this paper, we discuss how the unique challenge of morphological annotation of Quranic Arabic is solved using a multi-stage approach. The different stages include automatic morphological tagging using diacritic edit-distance, two-pass manual verification, and online collaborative annotation. This process is evaluated to validate the appropriateness of the chosen methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010
EditorsDaniel Tapias, Irene Russo, Olivier Hamon, Stelios Piperidis, Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Bente Maegaard, Jan Odijk, Mike Rosner
PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages2530-2536
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)2951740867, 9782951740860
StatePublished - 2010
Event7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010 - Valletta, Malta
Duration: May 17 2010May 23 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010

Other

Other7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010
CountryMalta
CityValletta
Period5/17/105/23/10

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Dukes, K., & Habash, N. (2010). Morphological annotation of quranic Arabic. In D. Tapias, I. Russo, O. Hamon, S. Piperidis, N. Calzolari, K. Choukri, J. Mariani, H. Mazo, B. Maegaard, J. Odijk, & M. Rosner (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010 (pp. 2530-2536). (Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2010). European Language Resources Association (ELRA).