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Online Dictionary and Ontology Building for Austronesian Languages in Taiwan

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dc.contributor.author Rau, D. Victoria
dc.contributor.author Yang, Meng-Chien
dc.contributor.author Chang, Hui-Huan Ann
dc.contributor.author Dong, Maa-Neu
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-24T14:24:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-24T14:24:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.citation Rau, D. Victoria, Meng-Chien Yang, Hui-Huan Ann Chang, and Maa-Neu Dong. 2009. Online Dictionary and Ontology Building for Austronesian Languages in Taiwan. Language Documentation & Conservation 3(2):192-212.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4439
dc.description.abstract This paper provides a model of language documentation and conservation in Taiwan to illustrate how online dictionaries have been produced by a collaborative team, and how technology has been used in the process to create a formalized model of existing indigenous knowledge. Our interactions with the Yami community over the past decade have led us to believe that a cooperation framework involving three groups of experts provides necessary “scaffolding” before an “egalitarian” wiki style of online dictionary or ontology building can be attempted. In addition, ontology building requires triangulation of various sources of human interpretations. It is not possible to build an ontology only based on sophisticated machine reasoning. We hope this model of collaboration can serve as a feasible model for other projects in language revitalization and capacity building in the future.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 21 pages
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
dc.subject online dictionary
dc.subject ontology
dc.subject Austronesian
dc.subject Taiwan
dc.title Online Dictionary and Ontology Building for Austronesian Languages in Taiwan
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 3
prism.number 2
prism.startingpage 192
prism.endingpage 212
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