The netlog corpus a resource for the study of flemish Dutch internet language

Mike Kestemont, Claudia Peersman, Benny De Decker, Guy De Pauw, Kim Luyckx, Roser Morante, Frederik Vaassen, Janneke Van De Loo, Walter Daelemans

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Abstract

Although in recent years numerous forms of Internet communication - such as e-mail, blogs, chat rooms and social network environments - have emerged, balanced corpora of Internet speech with trustworthy meta-information (e.g. Age and gender) or linguistic annotations are still limited. In this paper we present a large corpus of Flemish Dutch chat posts that were collected from the Belgian online social network Netlog. For all of these posts we also acquired the users' profile information, making this corpus a unique resource for computational and sociolinguistic research. However, for analyzing such a corpus on a large scale, NLP tools are required for e.g. Automatic POS tagging or lemmatization. Because many NLP tools fail to correctly analyze the surface forms of chat language usage, we propose to normalize this 'anomalous' input into a format suitable for existing NLP solutions for standard Dutch. Additionally, we have annotated a substantial part of the corpus (i.e. the Chatty subset) to provide a gold standard for the evaluation of future approaches to automatic (Flemish) chat language normalization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012
PublisherLREC – European Language Resources Association (ELRA)
Pages1569-1572
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9782951740877
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Event8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012 - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 21 May 201227 May 2012

Conference

Conference8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, LREC 2012
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period21/05/1227/05/12

Keywords

  • Chat language
  • Flemish Dutch
  • Normalization

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