Would a reverse lemmatron be useful for you? Let us know!

SimoneSimone Administrator admin
edited April 27 in Suggest an improvement

We are thinking of providing a morphology endpoint (akin to a reverse Lemmatron), which will allow people to find all the inflections of a given root wordform (i.e. the lemma, the form of a word you see listed as a dictionary headword).

We are seeking feedback about what data developers would like to see and how they might use it. This will help us create an endpoint that serves specific needs (within the realms of the possible!) rather than us trying to guess what users want.

If this is of interest to you, have a look at the samples attached and let us know what you think. We welcome all feedback, but we are especially interested in comments about:

  • categorization
  • labelling
  • any features or content they would like to see added (or removed)

Please note that the samples we have provided are not in any way finished, they just demonstrate what output such an endpoint might produce. Also, we are working on refining the quality of our morphology data, therefore requests regarding more/different content will be very much subject to what we currently have available.

If there is strong enough demand for certain content, we would certainly take note but we cannot promise it will fall within the scope of the current project.

Please let us know your views in the comments.

Sample one:


    {
        "metadata": {
            "provider": "Oxford University Press"
        },
        "results": [
            {
                "id": "be",
                "language": "en",
                "lexicalEntries": [
                    {
                        "inflections": [
                            {
                                "text": "be",
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "am"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "are"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "been"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "being"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "is"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "was"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "were"
                            }
                        ],
                        "language": "en",
                        "lexicalCategory": "Verb",
                        "text": "be"
                    },
                    {
                        "inflections": [
                            {
                                "text": "Be"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "BE"
                            }
                        ],
                        "language": "en",
                        "lexicalCategory": "Other",
                        "text": "be"
                    }
                ],
                "word": "be"
            }
        ]
    }

Sample 2:


    {
        "metadata": {
            "provider": "Oxford University Press"
        },
        "results": [
            {
                "id": "person",
                "language": "en",
                "lexicalEntries": [
                    {
                        "inflections": [
                            {
                                "text": "person",
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "persons"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "people"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "first person"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "second person"
                            },
                            {
                                "text": "third person"
                            }
                        ],
                        "language": "en",
                        "lexicalCategory": "Noun",
                        "text": "person"
                    }
                ],
                "word": "person"
            }
        ]
    }




Comments

  • GarryWoodGarryWood Member

    Hi,

    Sorry to not respond earlier to your question, I haven't looked at the forum for a few months.

    This would be a useful feature but I'd be interested to know more detail about how it might operate.

    How accurate and complete could it potentially be? For example would it be able to return all of the inflections of a word like cost and provide both noun and verb forms along with past and present participles and tense? So cost, costs, costing, costings, costed etc.

    Would it only work where the word given is already the headword of the returned results (as shown in the current Lemmatron)? So in the case of a word like person would it return persons and people but not personify or personal because the latter two don't list person as a headword?

    Is there any possibility that the returned results could include lexicalCategory and/or grammaticalFeatures for each of the returned inflections to save a lookup of each one? That could allow finding present tense or past participle of a given word without performing multiple API requests to check each result.

    Thanks again for the suggestion, it sounds useful but it would be good to know a bit more.

  • nhayes264nhayes264 Member

    Hi this would be hugely useful for me. The examples provided would meet my use case needs. It would be nice, however, if the results were labeled. For example text: "fungi", type "irregular plural".

  • jmillerjmiller Member

    Hi,

    Is the "Reverse Lemmatron" available yet?

    Happy to beta test :)

    Or another way to find inflections from a headword?

    Thanks

    James

  • SimoneSimone Administrator admin

    Hi @jmiller
    Unfortunately, this is not available yet, and I'm not sure if/when it will be.
    But it is good to know that you are interested, I'll keep you in mind for when we need someone to test it!
    I'll merge this discussion with the original post about it, as any news are likely to be updated there.
    Also, keep an eye on our updates page.

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