Towards the construction of a comprehensive Arabic lexical reference system

Hamza Zidoum, Fatma Al-Rasbi, Muna Al-Awfi

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Arabic is a Semitic language spoken by millions of people in 20 different countries. However, not much work has been done in the field of online dictionaries or lexical resources. WordNet is an example of a lexical resource that has not been yet developed to its full extent for Arabic. WordNet, a lexical database developed by Professor George Miller and his team at Princeton University, has seen life 20 years ago. Ever since then, it has proved to be widely successful and extremely necessary for today’s demands. Accordingly, the motivation of developing an Arabic WordNet (AWN) became strong. This project addresses the nominal part of WordNet as the first step towards the construction of a comprehensive AWN. The nominal part means nouns as a part of speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)621-626
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Arab Journal of Information Technology
Issue number6A
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • Arabic processing
  • Lexicon
  • Synsets
  • Wordnet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science


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