Multi-CAST Annotations: Background and resources

Along with transcription and word-for-word translation, the texts in Multi-CAST have also been annotated with the annotation system GRAID (Grammatical Relations and Animacy in Discourse), developed by Geoffrey Haig and Stefan Schnell. GRAID provides a uniform set of tags and a simple syntax for their combination; it is designed to be applicable to typologically diverse languages.

GRAID is intended to facilitate quantitative cross-corpus investigations targetting, for example, Referential Density (Bickel 2003), or Preferred Argument Structure (Du Bois 1987, 2003). An overview of the system is provided in the GRAID Manual, version 7.0.