Since the mid eighties, a group of researchers and students at the Linguistics Department at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology explore the use of formal and shallow linguistic methods for natural language applications. The formalization and encoding of morpho-syntactic and semantic information, both at lexical and phrasal level has been central to this work. In 2003, the group took the name LinLab.
Two focal areas were defined: Grammar Engineering and Language Documentation.
Grammar Engineering at LingLab
In Grammar Engineering the main application developed by LinLab in cooperation with the consortium DELPH-IN, is the Norwegian computational grammar NorSource (Hellan, Beermann, Waldron ). NorSource applies the typed feature structure framework HPSG (Pollard and Sag (1994)) using the computational platforms LKB (Copestake 2002) and PET. As part of this work LingLab developed an LKB multi-script interface called Trollet (Mihaylov). At present the Construction Labeling Project, a system for encoding construction types across languages (Hellan) is central.