MASC: An Open Language Data Community Resource
The Manually Annotated Sub-Corpus (MASC) consists of approximately 500,000 words of contemporary American English written and spoken data drawn from the Open American National Corpus (OANC).
All of MASC includes manually validated annotations for sentence boundaries, token, lemma and POS; noun and verb chunks; named entities (person, location, organization, date);Penn Treebank syntax; and coreference. Additional manually produced or validated annotations have been produced by the MASC project for portions of the sub-corpus, including full-text annotation for FrameNet frame elements and a 100K+ sentence corpus with WordNet 3.1 sense tags, of which one-tenth are also annotated for FrameNet frame elements. Annotations of all or portions of the sub-corpus for a wide variety of other linguistic phenomena have been contributed by other projects, including PropBank, TimeBank, Pittsburgh opinion, and several others.
Unlike most freely available corpora including a wide variety of linguistic annotations, MASC contains a balanced selection of texts from a broad range of genres.
MASC is an OPEN LANGUAGE DATA resource that can be downloaded by anyone for any purpose. At the same time, it is a collaborative community resource that will ultimately be sustained by community contributions of annotations and derived data.
WE SOLICIT ANNOTATIONS OF ANY PORTION OF MASC DATA FOR LINGUISTIC PHENOMENA OF ANY TYPE, IN ANY FORMAT. WE ALSO SOLICIT CONTRIBUTIONS OF DERIVED DATA SUCH AS FREQUENCY LISTS, NGRAM DATA, ETC.
MASC is one of the first resources to be included in the Linguistic Linked Open Data cloud.
MASC development is supported by the US National Science Foundation