[open-humanities] Open Databases for Verb Morphology

Gabriel Bodard gabriel.bodard at kcl.ac.uk
Fri Jan 20 10:58:03 GMT 2012

It isn't in the core functionality, as far as I'm aware, but I wonder if 
it would be possible to reverse engineer such a set of lists from the 
Open Source "Morpheus" code published by The Perseus Project (see 
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/opensource), which enables 
morphological parsing of declined Greek (or Latin, Italian, Arabic) 
forms. E.g. if you enter the verb form χρησθῆναι, it will return:

χράω2 proclaim
χρησθῆναι verb aor inf pass

And does a pretty good job with irregular verbs etc.

As I understand (without having looked at the underlying code) Morpheus 
is built on a ruleset rather than a database of possible forms, but you 
might be able to adapt the code to generate such.



On 2012-01-19 18:08, James Harriman-Smith wrote:
> Hi Norma,
> And thanks for the mail.
> <Got an  example? >
> I'm afraid that I haven't any examples of such a thing online, but what
> I'm looking for would be a database that had, say, (using English
> regular verbs as an archetype), all the possible variants on the verb
> 'walk' in it, catalogued accordingly: 'walk' as infinitive, and, for the
> present tense indicative mood, first-second person singular, and
> first-second-third person plural (among others); 'walks' as third person
> singular; etc.
> I've been working on this for a web app that would interrogate a users
> knowledge of Ancient Greek verbs: http://verbgymnasium.com - it
> currently runs off a set of php arrays that I made myself, but if the
> amount of work needed to include verbs other than the regular verb 'luo'
> is rather intimidating....
> Hope that helps,
> James
> On 19 January 2012 18:41, Norma Leistiko <normaleistiko at me.com
> <mailto:normaleistiko at me.com>> wrote:
>     Got an  example? I am on the lookout and would love to find this
>     too. But an example to us in English would be very useful. I think I
>     understand, but example would help.
>     Norma Leistiko
>     normaleistiko at me.com <mailto:normaleistiko at me.com>
>     Reference Librarian, on-call in
>     Portland Oregon area
>     On Jan 19, 2012, at 2:06 AM, James Harriman-Smith wrote:
>>     Hi everyone,
>>     Does anyone know of an open database for verb morphology
>>     (containing a collection of all the possible conjugations of a
>>     single (or several) verb archetype)? I'm particularly interested
>>     in Ancient Greek, but would be curious about resources for other
>>     languages, dead or alive.
>>     Let me know,
>>     James
>>     P.S. No sign of such a thing on http://thedatahub.org
>>     <http://thedatahub.org/> ...

Dr Gabriel BODARD
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