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Developing computational infrastructure for the CorCenCC corpus - the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh

Knight, Dawn, Loizides, Fernando, Neale, Steven, Anthony, Laurence and Spasic, Irena 2020. Developing computational infrastructure for the CorCenCC corpus - the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh. Language Resources and Evaluation 10.1007/s10579-020-09501-9

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CorCenCC (Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes - National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh) is the first comprehensive corpus of Welsh designed to be reflective of language use across communication types, genres, speakers, language varieties (regional and social) and contexts. This article focuses on the computational infrastructure that we have designed to support data collection for CorCenCC, and the subsequent uses of the corpus which include lexicography, pedagogical research and corpus analysis. A grass-roots approach to design has been adopted, that has adapted and extended previous corpus-building and introduced new features as required for this specific context and language. The key pillars of the infrastructure include a framework that supports metadata collection, an innovative mobile application designed to collect spoken data (utilising a crowdsourcing approach), a backend database that stores curated data and a web-based interface that allows users to query the data online. A usability study was conducted to evaluate the user facing tools and to suggest directions for future improvements. Though the infrastructure was developed for Welsh language collection, its design can be re-used to support corpus development in other minority or major language contexts, broadening the potential utility and impact of this work.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
English, Communication and Philosophy
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
ISSN: 1574-020X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 July 2020
Date of Acceptance: 20 July 2020
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2020 09:51

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