Morphological Analysis of the Qur’an

Judith Dror, Dudu Shaharabani, Rafi Talmon, Shuly Wintner

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We present a computational system for morphological analysis and annotation of the Qur’an, for research and teaching purposes. The system facilitates a variety of queries on the Qur’anic text that make reference not only to the words, but also to their linguistic attributes. The core of the system is a set of finite-state based rules which describe the morpho-phonological and morpho-syntactic phenomena of the Qur’anic language. Using a finite-state toolbox we apply the rules to the Qur’anic text and obtain full morphological analysis of its words. The results of the analysis are stored in an efficient database and are accessed through a graphical user interface which facilitates the presentation of complex queries. The system is currently being used for teaching and research purposes; we exemplify its usefulness for investigating several morphological, syntactic, semantic, and stylistic aspects of the Qur’anic text.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-452
Number of pages22
JournalLiterary and Linguistic Computing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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