[Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen 27] 1987
► pp. 33–41
The accessibility of lexical information stored on computers is not only important for the human computer user, but also for programs that process natural language. The requirements with respect to the content and structure of a computer dictionary are different than for a printed dictionary and depend on the specific function of the language processing system. For example, the lexical knowledge needed for hyphenation is different from that for the correction of spelling errors. A number of such language manipulating modules which are designed in the context of the Nijmegen Language Technology project are discussed with special attention to the dictionaries which they use. If one tries to integrate the different functions of an author system, integration of the different kinds of lexical knowledge in one database is an obvious task to consider. When designing a computer lexicon with many kinds of information, the redundant information which one finds in a conventional dictionary can be extracted and represented in the form of abstract categories and rules. Taking that approach not only makes the lexicon more compact but also makes lexical concepts explicit and usable in different ways.
Article language: Dutch