User:N0nick/GSoC Journal

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Bonding Period week 1: 4/25-5/1

  • Got the development environment ready. apertium, lttoolbox and other tools and tests all working properly.
  • Filled the Pending Tests page with some translations (based on the ones in the mt-en page).
  • Started working on a script to generate a Maltese monodix from external sources. Nothing to show yet.
  • Notified 2 TAU professors (both specializing in CL) about my project, both agreed to offer help if necessary.
  • Wrote to a contact related to the MaltiLex project, looking for better contact (perhaps through my university's faculty).

Bonding Period week 2: 5/2 - 5/8

  • Picked up and started reading the Teach Yourself Maltese grammar book.
  • Wrote the framework for a script that generates fullform Maltese verb lists. [5]
    • We worked on splitting verbs into categorizes and optional subclasses, writing rules (based on stem affixes, roots and vowels) in a python script for each class.
    • Found out about the way [Wiktionary] stores conjugation data about the verbs it has; very useful for creating new rule groups. [6]. Finished converting these tables this week except for [7] [8] (that are identical to apart for a transformation in imperfect forms).
  • spectre contacted Prof. Adam Ussishkin and he provided us with Maltese verb lists that we need to look over. [9]
  • Contacted John J. Camilleri regarding his Maltese morphology slideshow, asking for data on verb conjugation.
  • Will add the verbs already added to the Hebrew and bidi dix files.

Bonding Period week 3: 5/9 - 5/15

  • Continued studying Maltese from the grammar book.
  • Added verbs from John Camilleri's slideshow to the Maltese analyser program.

Bonding Period week 4: 5/16 - 5/22

  • Added closed categories to the Maltese analyser (pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, determiners, numerals)
  • Added closed categories to the Hebrew dictionary
  • Added closed categories to the bidix

Week 1: 5/23 - 5/29

  • Fixed bugs in some of the environment tools I was using
  • Added missing Hebrew determiners and pronouns
  • Added missing closed categories to the bidix

Week 2: 5/30 - 6/5

  • Generate Hebrew verb speling file from hspell output
  • Format Hebrew verbs speling file as Apertium dix file
  • Research handling of attached/clitic pronouns on both Maltese & Hebrew

Week 3: 6/6 -6/12

  • Fixed Hebrew noun paradigms (automatically generated from hspell)
  • Add existing verbs to bidix
  • Add missing determiners to Maltese file (as per Fran's email)

Week 4: 6/13 - 6/19

--- (Studied for exam, haven't achieved much)

Week 5: 6/20 - 6/26

  • Fully analyse all words in sample paragraph 1
  • Added all paragraph words to bidix, then update Hebrew dix accordingly
  • Added a list of Maltese proper nouns, adverbs and updated dix, bidix
  • Fixed bugs in hspell output for plural nouns, verbs

Week 6: 6/27 - 7/3

  • Worked on mt.dix to achieve better coverage of Maltese corpus
  • Added lists of adjectives generated from 'suspected' lists (according to suffixes, etc)
  • Used Wiktionary extracting script to load nouns, adjectives from Maltese items in English Wiktionary
  • Used wider Maltese corpus received from Kevin Scnanell
  • Added more Maltese nouns, adjectives and verbs from top of frequency list
  • Contacted Michael Spagnol re Maltese Broken Plurals to receive list of nouns with broken plural form.
  • Fixed several noun paradigms
  • Searched for documentation on the kien/ikun verb, differences and forms. Contacted Adam Ussishkin & john Camilleri for help with this.

Week 7: 7/4 - 7/10

  • Added more nouns, adjectives, adverbs from frequency list
  • Updated interface, added option to set dictionary restriction
  • Added -x negative suffix for all verbs (in
  • Fixed all forms of kien/ikun (with help from Kevin & John)
  • Added verbs, verb classes from frequency list + corpus
  • Added all verified 630 broken plural nouns & adjectives from Tamra Schembri's thesis with sg, pl and gender=GD
  • Fixed existing words with gender we have in mt-en dictionary
  • Categorized top 1900 words from hitparade frequency list
  • Finally acquired the Maltese Descriptive Grammar book!

Week 8: 7/11 - 7/17

  • Added more verb paradigms and stems from grammar book
  • Wrote for updating the stems file with ones handled by the new verbs script (temporary solution)
  • Added many Maltese nouns, adjectives from mt-en dictionary
  • Added '@' terms to bidix by frequency: closed-cats, nouns, adjectives, toponyms and some verbs