Georgian Verb Inflected Forms Base

Kartu-Verbs : Our Base of Georgian Verb Inflected Forms  is available here.

The base is still under development. We are aware that there are some mistakes in the contents.

Contact

Mireille Ducassé, mireille.ducasse@irisa.fr

A technical report about this project is available under HAL

Project description

Georgian is Caucasian language, mother tongue of about 5 million people. Outside Georgia, the language is rising interest for example in a widening international community of singers. Indeed, Georgian polyphonic singing has been inscribed in 2008 on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is important for singers to understand what they sing. However, the language is not easy to learn. In particular, Georgian grammar has an especially complex verbal system.

Our project builds a base of inflected verbs aiming at foreigners learning Georgian that can be easily browsed with a Semantic Web tool. The Semantic Web tool, Sparklis, can retrieve information from their facets, it also allows users to smoothly refine their query by giving them suggestions. Knowledge can easily be traversed in all directions: from Georgian to French and English; from an inflected form to an infinitive form, and conversely from an infinitive to an inflected form; from a component to forms and from a form to its components; from a properties to a form.

Our tool can be seen as a companion of the series of “Biliki” books by Nana Shavtvaladze (Biliki, Georgian Language For English Speakers), a nice support for English speakers to learn Georgian.

Note that we use a transliteration in Latin characters in  the system to ease non-native Georgian speakers’s reading. The transliteration is currently “French“ oriented for historical reasons. We are planning to add more transliterations.

Georgian
Sparklis a b g d e v z t i
Georgian
Sparklis k’ l m n o p’ j r s
Georgian
Sparklis t’ u p k gh q sh tch ts
Georgian
Sparklis dz ts’ tch’ kh dj h

Acknowledgment

Thanks to Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility projects, the following Georgian students contributed to the project: Keti Meipariani, Mariam Asatiani, Ana Idadze, Mikheil Maisuradze, Veriko Nikuradze, Tornike Tchanturia, Ana Elchishvili, and Aleksandre Jajanidze. We are especially indebted to Keti Meipariani who managed the working teams of two semesters

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