Representing and rendering linguistic paradigms

David Penton, Steven Bird

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Linguistic forms are inherently multi-dimensional. They exhibit a variety of phonological, orthographic, morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic properties. Accordingly, linguistic analysis involves multidimensional exploration, a process in which the same collection of forms is laid out in many ways until clear patterns emerge. Equally, language documentation usually contains tabulations of linguistic forms to illustrate systematic patterns and variations. In all such cases, multi-dimensional data is projected onto a two-dimensional table known as a linguistic paradigm, the most widespread format for linguistic data presentation. In this paper we develop an XML data model for linguistic paradigms, and show how XSL transforms can render them. We describe a high-level
interface which gives linguists flexible, high-level
control of paradigm layout. The work provides a simple,
general, and extensible model for the preservation and
access of linguistic data.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Australasian Language Technology Workshop 2004
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes

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