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What is a lexical database?

 

Definition
 

A lexical database is an organized description of the lexemes of a language.

Discussion
 

A lexical database attempts to approximate the lexicon of a native speaker.

 

It includes an inventory of known morphemes and information about their meanings.

 

For each sense of a morpheme, it includes such things as

 
  • a part of speech designation
  • a definition
  • sample sentences to illustrate this sense
  • cultural annotations to indicate its significance, and
  • identifiction of semantic relationships with other morphemes.

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