Expanding a multilingual media monitoring and information extraction tool to a new language: Swahili

TitleExpanding a multilingual media monitoring and information extraction tool to a new language: Swahili
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSteinberger, Ralf, Ombuya Sylvia, Kabadjov Mijail, Pouliquen Bruno, Rocca Leo Della, Belyaeva Jenya, de Paola Monica, Ignat Camelia, and van der Goot Erik
Journal TitleLanguage Resources and Evaluation
Journal Date09/2011
Volume45
Issue3
Pagination311-330
ISSN1574-020X
Abstract

The Europe Media Monitor (EMM) family of applications is a set of multilingual tools that gather, cluster and classify news in currently fifty languages and that extract named entities and quotations (reported speech) from twenty languages. In this paper, we describe the recent effort of adding the African Bantu language Swahili to EMM. EMM is designed in an entirely modular way, allowing plugging in a new language by providing the language-specific resources for that language. We thus describe the type of language-specific resources needed, the effort involved, and ways of boot-strapping the generation of these resources in order to keep the effort of adding a new language to a minimum. The text analysis applications pursued in our efforts include clustering, classification, recognition and disambiguation of named entities (persons, organisations and locations), recognition and normalisation of date expressions, as well as the identification of reported speech quotations by and about people.

URLhttp://www.springerlink.com/content/1451870141145520/
DOI10.1007/s10579-011-9155-y