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Establishing a Language by Annotating a Corpus: The Case of Naija, a Post-creole Spoken in Nigeria

Abstract : In this paper, we show that building a treebank can be used as a way to establish a language. Annotated corpus can be used as tools when arguing that some linguistic data belongs to a separate language (rather than a dialect or variety of another established language). We provide here a case study on a treebank of Naija, a Post-creole spoken in Nigeria which presents us with significant differences from treebanks of English in terms of existing constructions and frequency of several syntactic units.
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Marine Courtin, Bernard Caron, Kim Gerdes, Sylvain Kahane. Establishing a Language by Annotating a Corpus: The Case of Naija, a Post-creole Spoken in Nigeria. annDH 2018 Annotation in Digital Humanities, Aug 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria. pp.7-11. ⟨halshs-01958330⟩

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