Querying and updating treebanks: a critical survey and requirements analysis

Catherine Lai, Steven Bird

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Language technology makes extensive use of hierarchically annotated text and speech data. These databases are stored in flat files and manipulated using corpus-specific query tools or special-purpose scripts. While the size of these databases and the range of applications has grown rapidly in recent years, neither method for managing the data has led to reusable, scalable software. The formal properties of the query languages are not well understood. Hence established methods for indexing tree data and optimizing tree queries cannot be employed. We analyze a range of existing linguistic query languages, and adduce a set of requirements for a reusable, scalable linguistic query language
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2004
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

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