Sindhi-English Bilingual Parallel Ontological Dictionary

M. K. RATTAR, M. A. RATTAR, M. M. RIND, M. HYDER, W. KHAN

Abstract


Background:Since 2001 Sindhi language has been part of the computational world with the advent of Abdul Majid Bhurgiri’s Fonts technology.It is evolving technologically and becoming part of various computational areas, which includes Word Processing, Optical Character Recognition and Natural Language Processing.Aims and Objectives:Primarily this research enables Sindhi language to be computationally platform independent. In this regard this research takes an initiative to identify methods to develop Sindhi-English bilingual parallel Ontology to be used as bilingual dictionary.

METHODOLOGY: This research proposes a methodology to exploit two most common terminological resources i.e. Lexicon and Taxonomy. This system maps available taxonomies from one language(English) or creates theTaxonomy of other language(Sindhi) manually. More than a hundred different digital dictionaries and thesaurieavailable online as traditional (lexical) terminological sourcesin Sindhi-English language pair, these sources were accessed and analyzed to create alternative (semantic taxonomic) source (Ontology). Findings:Mapping lexicons to taxonomiescannot be done directly, since these are fundamentally two different terminological sources. This research provides an alternative through parallel Ontologies. Ontologies are Semantic Taxonomies and proved to be universal terminological source. To the best of our knowledge this is going to be the novel attempt in the field of Semantic Web Technologies for Sindhi-English language pair. Application: This translation system can be used to displaymulti-lingual search results, multi-lingual Education and to develop real time translation of application’s user interface.


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