Arabic Treebank: Part 1 - 10K-word English Translation

Item Name: Arabic Treebank: Part 1 - 10K-word English Translation
Author(s): Mohamed Maamouri, Hubert Jin, Ann Bies, Xiaoyi Ma
LDC Catalog No.: LDC2003T07
ISBN: 1-58563-262-7
ISLRN: 908-654-225-543-1
Release Date: February 25, 2003
Member Year(s): 2003
DCMI Type(s): Text
Data Source(s): newswire
Project(s): TIDES, GALE
Application(s): information detection, cross-lingual information retrieval, automatic content extraction, natural language processing
Language(s): Standard Arabic
Language ID(s): arb
License(s): LDC User Agreement for Non-Members
Online Documentation: LDC2003T07 Documents
Licensing Instructions: Subscription & Standard Members, and Non-Members
Citation: Maamouri, Mohamed, et al. Arabic Treebank: Part 1 - 10K-word English Translation LDC2003T07. Web Download. Philadelphia: Linguistic Data Consortium, 2003.

Introduction

Arabic Treebank: Part 1 - 10K-word English Translation was produced by Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) catalog number LDC2003T07 and ISBN 1-58563-262-7. The purpose of this corpus of 10K Arabic words translated into English is to support the development of data-driven approaches to natural language processing, machine translation, human language technologies, cross-lingual information retrieval, and other forms of linguistic research on Modern Standard Arabic in general.

Data

The project targets the translation of a written Modern Standard Arabic corpus from the Agence France Presse (AFP) newswire archives for July 2000 (the files are dated 20000715*). The corpus consists of 49 source stories, which is a subset of the 734 stories published in Arabic Treebank: Part 1 v 2.0. These 49 source files consist of 418 paragraphs and 9,981 words.

The source data and the translations are stored in SGML format. The files have been validated using the DTD provided in the corpus. Please follow these links for an example of an Arabic source file and the English translation.

The stories have been translated at paragraph level and verified/corrected by different annotators. In general, the translation between Arabic and English has been aligned at sentence-to-sentence level. However, we noticed that an Arabic sentence can be translated into multiple English sentences (16 occurrences), and two Arabic sentences can be translated into a single English sentence (two occurrences). For 18 paragraphs out of the total of 418 in the corpus, only paragraph-to-paragraph alignment is provided.

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