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ICT COST Action IC1207
Parsing and multi-word expressions. Towards linguistic precision and computational efficiency in natural language processing (PARSEME)

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This Action aims at increasing and enhancing the support of the European├‚ multilingual heritage from Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). This├‚ general aim is addressed through improving linguistic representativeness, precision├‚ and computational efficiency of Natural Language Processing (NLP) applications. The├‚ Action focuses on the major bottleneck of these applications: Multi-Word Expressions├‚ (MWEs), i.e. sequences of words with unpredictable properties such as "to count├‚ somebody in" or "to take a haircut". A breakthrough in their modelling and processing can├‚ only result from a coordinated effort of multidisciplinary experts in different languages.├‚ COST is the most adequate framework answering this need. Fourteen European languages├‚ will be addressed from a cross-theoretical and cross-methodological perspective, necessary├‚ for coping with current fragmentation issues. Expected deliverables include enhanced├‚ language resources and tools, as well as recommendations of best practices for├‚ cutting-edge MWE-aware language models. The Action will lead to a better understanding├‚ of the nature of MWEs. It will establish a long-lasting collaboration within a├‚ multilingual network of MWE specialists. It will pave the way towards competitive next├‚ generation text processing tools which will pay greater attention to language├‚ phenomena.

General Information*

Chair of the Action:

Dr Agata SAVARY (FR)

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Last updated: 24 November 2012 top of page

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