Yesterday I’ve conducted a phone meeting with Dr. Nawal Alhelwa an Assistant Professor at Princess Nora Bint Abdul Rahman University, and the Chairwoman of Al-Jazeera Newspaper Research Chair for Linguistic Studies.
The meeting was about “How Can Arab Linguistics benefit from Distributional Semantic Models (DSMs)?”
I’ve discussed with her three DSMs applications and argued their usefulness for Linguistic studies. The three applications were finding Collocations, finding co-occurring words and finding synonyms.
Dr. Nawal agreed that all applications are of importance to Arabic linguistics, however, she insisted that Collocation extraction is of particular necessity to them, and it is an ongoing trend of research these days due to its importance in building Arabic lexicons and automatic translations.