Démonette-1.1: A Morphological Database of French

24 Jun



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Démonette-1.1: A Morphological Database of French

We are pleased to announce the availability of version 1.1 of Démonette, a morphological lexical database of French organized as a derivational network, in which entries are pairs of words (Word1, Word2) belonging to the same morphological family.

An entry is described by 31 fields including:

– the morphosyntactic category and the semantic type of both word,

– the definition of Word1 with respect to Word2

The distributed version has 77323 entries; the initial data originates from TLFnome.


Démonette is a network of derivational morphological relations. This resource is intended for:

– receiving any kind of morphological databases offering a variety of information (categorical, semantic, definitional, derivational, inflectional, phonetic) from various sources

– representing them in a unified format presented in the following

– the supplied properties

Each entry describes a relation between two morphologically related lexemes, Word1 and Word2, each of them being uniquely identified by a:

– written form

– morphosyntactic category (in the GRACE format)

– lemma

– semantic type

Démonette provides as many morphological descriptions for a word as there are relations in which it participates. A word can indeed intervene in several morphological relations with members of its derivational family. These relations can be direct or indirect, ascending and descending, simple or complex. One original feature of Démonette is that it provides each word with a morphosemantic definition for each relations in which it appears.

By design, Démonette is a symetrical network. Each entry connecting Word1 to Word2 corresponds to an entry connecting Word2 to Word1 whose properties are set symmetrically to those of the former (Word1, word2). Version 1.1 is built from the contribution of two morphological analysis systems: Morphonette and DériF. It contains 77,323 entries that describe morphological relations between 53,382 different lexemes pairs (23,941 pairs are described by both Morphonette and DériF).

These relations involve the following verb-based suffixed word types:

– processive nouns in -ment, -age, -ion

– agent nouns in -eur, -euse, -rice

– property adjectives in –if


Nabil Hathout and Fiammetta Namer


Démonette is distributed under Creative Commons By-NC-SA 3.0.

Download and User Manuel (in French):

http://redac.univ-tlse2.fr/lexiques/demonette_en.html (in a few weeks)



Hathout, N., Namer, F. (2014) Démonette, a French derivational morpho-semantic network. Linguistic Issues in Language Technology 11(5): 125-168. (http://redac.univ-tlse2.fr/lexiques/demonette/2014_LILT_Hathout_Namer.pdf)

Linguistic Field(s): Lexicography, Morphology




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