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Basics for a grammar engine to verbalize logical theories in isiZulu

Keet, C. Maria and Langa Khumalo (2014) Basics for a grammar engine to verbalize logical theories in isiZulu. In Bikakis, A, Eds. Proceedings 8th International Web Rule Symposium (RuleML'14) 8620, pages 216-225, Prague, Czech Republic.

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The language isiZulu is the largest in South Africa by numbers of first language speakers, yet, it is still an underresourced language. In this paper, we approach the grammar piecemeal from a natural language generation approach, and viewed from a potential utility for verbalizing OWL ontologies as a tangible use case. The elaborate rules of the grammar show that a grammar engine and dictionary is essential even for basic verbalizations in OWL 2 EL. This is due to, mainly, the 17 noun classes with embedded semantics and the agglutinative nature of isiZulu. The verbalization of basic constructs requires merging a prefix with a noun and distinguishing an `and' between a list and linking clauses.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Natural Language Generation, isiZulu
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.2 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
ID Code:949
Deposited By:Keet, C. Maria
Deposited On:19 August 2014
Alternative Locations:http://www.meteck.org/files/RuleML14verbZulu.pdf