An integrated approach to functional corpus construction

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-77
Journal / PublicationTaiwan Journal of Linguistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


In this paper, we present our recent experience in constructing a first-of-its-kind functional corpus based on the theoretical framework of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Annotated on selected texts from the Penn Treebank, the corpus was built by a collaborative team on a web-based annotation platform with several advanced features. After a discussion on the background and motivation of the project, we present our solutions to some of the challenges encountered in the collaborative annotation process. With fine-grained annotations of an initial corpus now available, the corpus can serve as a valuable linguistic resource that complements existing semantically annotated corpora and aids in the development of a larger-scale resource crucial for automated systems for analysis of linguistic function.

Research Area(s)

  • Collaborative annotation, Corpus annotation, Functional semantics, Linguistic function