Piattaforma per l’Apprendimento dell’Italiano Su corpora Annotati

Type of project: National  |  Start date: 01/06/2009  |  End date: 31/05/2012

The overall objective of the project PAISÀ is to overcome the technological barriers currently preventing web users from having interactive access to and use of large quantities of data of contemporary Italian to improve their language skills. The project is particularly targeted to second generation emigrants from Italy who keep Italian as a native language, but in severely limited usage, and third generation emigrants who have Italian as a second language (L2).
To achieve this goal a large and richly annotated corpus of Italian web texts is created. The novelty of the project is using, for the corpus, a freely distributable sample of texts (Creative Commons license), automatically harvested from the web. Subsequently different annotation layers (morphosyntactic information, dependency relations, etc.) are added to the corpus by applying NLP (natural language processing) tools, which get adjusted and improved in the course of the project by integrating manual annotation data.
Raw and annotated versions of the corpus are freely made available for download. In addition, direct access to the data will be provided via a multifaceted query interface for learners and users of Italian, thus fostering free online access to concrete contexts of use of contemporary Italian.


Funding programme:
Fondo per gli Investimenti della Ricerca di Base

Funding body:
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca

Grant agreement:


CNR-ILC role:

Project coordinator:
Università di Bologna (2009-2011) | ILC (2011-2012)

Claudia Marzi
Marcello Ferro