124[LDB] Elements or phrases?
- Jul 24, 2002Aiya!
Wednesday, July 24, 2002, 12:27:58 AM, Kai MacTane wrote:
First, I have to say that I didn't have the possibility of seeing QH
by myself, so I'll rely on your answers and patience :)
>> So, about LDB [linguistic databases]. I suppose we all want to makeKM> As you've probably noticed in Quettahostanie (QH), my approach is to store
>> clear what features do we want it to possess. Probably the best way
>> to do it is to analyze a Quenya phrase providing all the linguistic
>> information we need this database to store.
KM> individual elements in the database rather than entire phrases.
Does it make sense? But the question should be what do you regard as
an individual element and are they stored absolutely independently of
I suppose I lack proper vocabulary and knowledge in programming, but
in my view the desired LDB [linguistic database] (or should we call it
_ELDA_ for "Elvish Linguistic DAtabase"? :) should be object-oriented,
and have a nested structure so that there are multiple levels of
objects like a nested doll. In my view an object is a linguistically
important element in of a given text stored in LDB which possesses the
required linguistic description. But there are different types of
objects: two words could be two individual lexical objects, but at the
same time they could be a sole syntactical object! And a sentence
could itself be a clause, a part of a complex sentense, thus being a
syntactical object, too! And all these objects viewed on different
levels should possess different descriptions.
I'd like to know how does your QH deal with such information
KM> Of course, the structure of QH already encodes some of my ideas
KM> about what's important to track and what's not -- I spent some
KM> time ruminating about the database architecture before
KM> implementing it, thinking to myself "It would be good if it kept
KM> track of *this*... oh, and *that* would be useful, too."
I know that the problem of creating an optimized DB is how to design
an optimized architecture before the actual programming. That's why I
regard the proposed analysis (intending to make out the desired
structure of the linguistic data to be included in ELDA) to be of
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