Fostering intercultural collaboration: A web service architecture for cross-fertilization of distributed wordnets

Francesca Bertagna, Monica Monachini, Claudia Soria, Nicoletta Calzolari, Chu-ren Huang, Shu Kai Hsieh, Andrea Marchetti, Maurizio Tesconi

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Enhancing the development of multilingual lexicons is of foremost importance for intercultural collaboration to take place, as multilingual lexicons are the cornerstone of several multilingual applications. However, the development and maintenance of large-scale, robust multilingual dictionaries is a tantalizing task. In this paper we present a tool, based on a web service architecture, enabling semi-automatic generation of bilingual lexicons through linking of distributed monolingual lexical resources. In addition to lexicon development, the architecture also allows enrichment of monolingual source lexicons through exploitation of the semantic information encoded in corresponding entries. In the paper we describe our case study applied to the Italian and Chinese wordnets, and we illustrate how the architecture can be extended to access distributed multilingual WordNets over the Internet, paving the way to exploitation in a cross-lingual framework of the wealth of information built over the last decade.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural Collaboration - First International Workshop, IWIC 2007, Invited and Selected Papers
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC 2007 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 25 Jan 200726 Jan 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4568 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference1st International Workshop on Intercultural Collaboration, IWIC 2007


  • Distributed language resources
  • Integration of WordNets
  • Interoperable lexical resources

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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