We present a syntactic parser of (transcripts of) spoken Hebrew: a dependency parser of the Hebrew CHILDES database. CHILDES is a corpus of child–adult linguistic interactions. Its Hebrew section has recently been morphologically analyzed and disambiguated, paving the way for syntactic annotation. This paper describes a novel annotation scheme of dependency relations reflecting constructions of child and child-directed Hebrew utterances. A subset of the corpus was annotated with dependency relations according to this scheme, and was used to train two parsers (MaltParser and MEGRASP) with which the rest of the data were parsed. The adequacy of the annotation scheme to the CHILDES data is established through numerous evaluation scenarios. The paper also discusses different annotation approaches to several linguistic phenomena, as well as the contribution of morphological features to the accuracy of parsing.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was supported by Grant No. 2007241 from the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). We are grateful to Alon Lavie for useful feedback, and to Shai Cohen for helping with the manual annotation. We benefitted greatly from the comments of two anonymous reviewers.
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- Child language
- Dependency grammar
- Syntactic annotation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Language and Linguistics
- Linguistics and Language
- Library and Information Sciences