Dr Celestino Orikiriza

Dr Celestino Orikiriza (Makerere University)

Research title: Framework for Disambiguation of Meanings of Near-synonyms

Research project: Several models of disambiguation of the meanings of near-synonyms hardly indicate the apparent connection between the origin of a pair of near-synonyms, the syntactic environment of a near-synonym, a synonym’s semantic attributes, its semantic relations and its meaning. This connection would work as a continuum (cline) on the basis of which discrete distinctions between the meanings and relationship of a pair of synonyms can be established. The aim of this project is to investigate the synonymic continuum as a framework for disambiguation of the meanings of near-synonyms. It also aims at applying the framework to near-synonyms in three Ugandan Bantu languages, namely, Lugungu, Runyankore-Rukiga and Runyoro-Rutooro as working languages. This is for purposes of establishing their semantic grammar on the aspect of near-synonyms. The project also carries out a comparative analysis of this grammar.

Collaborator: Dr Napoleon Katsos, Cambridge Language Sciences, University of Cambridge

Publications: See Celestino's publications