Erzya and Moksha Extended Corpora (ERME)

ERME contains predominantly original Erzya and Moksha literature. It consists of several media publications from the 19th to the 20th century. ERME was mapped in Saransk in 1997-2004, while in Helsinki it has been mapped since 2004. The most basic format used is XML, with a granularity extending to chapter level. The goal is to create corpora with a granularity extending to word level with bibliographic reference to the sentence level.

The new version contains the literature found in the older instance and has grown markedly. While the old version was merely text divided to sentence level, the new version has lemmatization and dependencies. At sentence level contextual translation may be present (English or Finnish translation), while at word level there is morphological encoding, corresponding to each context. Preliminary morpho-syntactic analysis is carried out using HFST-based transducers and Constraint Grammar disambiguation, function and dependency tagging, which have been developed in the Giellatekno infrastructure of the University of Tromsø.

The grammatical analysis and labeling comply with the practices developed in the Giellatekno infrastructure of the University of Tromsø. These practices are applied in the documentation of several Uralic languages.

The amount of the processed material is to be increased subsequently.

Latest versions/subcorpora:  
Erzya and Moksha Extended Corpora (ERME) version 2, Korp
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