Parsing Icelandic Alþingi Transcripts: Parliamentary Speeches as a Genre

Kristján Rúnarsson, Einar Freyr Sigurðsson


Abstract
We introduce a corpus of transcripts from Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. The corpus is syntactically parsed for phrase structure according to the annotation scheme of the Icelandic Parsed Historical Corpus (IcePaHC). This addition to IcePaHC makes it more diverse with respect to text types and we argue that having a syntactically parsed corpus facilitates research on differt types of texts. We furthermore argue that the speech corpus can be treated somewhat like spoken language even though the transcripts differ in various ways from daily spoken language. We also compare this text type to other types and argue that this genre can shed light on their properties. Finally, we exhibit how this addition to IcePaHC has helped us in identifying and solving issues with our parsing scheme.
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2020.parlaclarin-1.9
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Proceedings of the Second ParlaCLARIN Workshop
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May
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2020
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Marseille, France
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European Language Resources Association
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44–50
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English
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