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Lemmatisation module for early modern latin

CHLT has provided a Lemmatisation Module for Early Modern Latin, called CHLT-LEMLAT that is Web based and will work with the texts in the CHLT Digital Library Collections, as well as 'free text' in Latin that is pulled off the Internet. CHLT-LEMLAT allows greater integration between Cultural Heritage resources of Latin texts and ICT tools and applications which will allow a range of users (students, teachers, scholars, life-long learner's and the general public) ways of understanding and interpreting these rare materials without the benefit of a classical education. Users are now able to take advantage of complicated automatic morphological tools (parsers, morpho-syntactic dismabiguators, wordform queries) to develop their understanding of Latin, and therefore are aided in lowering the barriers to comprehending the meaning of words and texts. This tool will be particularly helpful to those who are teaching elementary and intermediate Latin in secondary and higher education, yet it is also essential to the advanced scholar who is uncertain about irregular word forms. Although CHLT has allowed the first stages of the development of such a tool, there is still a considerable way to go to add all of the wordforms in Latin and the implementation of new algorithms for the management of non-segmented wordforms, which will take at least three more years to bring to market. We are contacting publishers and education experts in the EC, as well as academic institutions, involved in the teaching of Latin, to further develop this tool for wide distribution as a Web-Based Tool.

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